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The fizzle of the flame


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I was just reading the "Guys Rules" thread, and it triggered something that I've been thinking about for a long time now and this seemed like the best time to air it out.

I suppose I should say what I mean on top of meaning what I say. What I'm talking about is the complacency of the majority of society where it concerns some of the major social issues brought to a head in the 60's. I think that a generous comment on the outcome of social activism concerning (for example) racism and sexism would be that it stiffled blatant and violent instances of both in North America and Europe. It also took a huge step in changing people's perspectives on these issues.

My point is this, after seeing activism reach a certain point in its effectiveness, did we as the heirs, fail to take up the calling with the necessary zeal and determination that might have seen us take the next huge leap toward irradicating these attitudes from our very consciousness?

Instead of improving the position which we found handed to us, should we not have striven for a time when "nigger" wasn't even part of our vocabulary, or a joke about women being in the kitchen didn't even receive a snort of amusement?

Did the laziness that the critics of our generation attribute to us also apply to the good we could have done? I realize that activism isn't dead and that people still do fight the good fight, but as a society did the cry for social equality become like the ill fated car alarm? Where anyone who hears has heard it so many times that all they can think of is when the person in charge of it will turn it off and where they don't even think that a crime may be being commited.



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i think a lot of it had to do with rebellion...children of the 60's fighting against the archaic attitudes of their parents...the rebellion went away and the desire for money and material goods took over. the majority of people are more concerned with making ends meet or becoming a success to worry about the just causes of fighting racism, sexism etc...nowadays ionno or sumfin™

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Temper Tantrum

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Out of curiosity ming what years are generation X from??
and what the hell is the generation AFTER gen x called? Douglas couplands well into his 30's and hes the poster boy for generation X.

Interesting topic more to write on it later

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I believe Gen X is from 1965 to 1979. But I've seen different dates.

After Gen X, I've heard the expressions Generation Y, and Generation Me.

But I'm no expert on the subject.



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I think part of the problem is that we live in such a instant-reward kind of society.... the fast paced nature of the media we choose to immerse ourselves in has taught us that what is important is what we can get right away. It's not satisfatory if we have to wait.

Everything is designed around convieniance and speed. If we aren't rewarded instantly, it's not worth it.

Activism and standing up for the rights that so many are still denied doesn't achieve instant gratification. Infact, often it brings mockery and discouragement. As consumers in today's world, we're instilled with the beliefs that if it's not rewarding to me right here, right now, its not worth it at all.

It's not that we've grown lazy, but merely impatient.

We convince ourselves that issues like racism and sexism have been dealt with "enough", so we can move on to the next pretty flashy thing that we can waste our time with.

Women and other races can get jobs now, right? They can do the same things white males can, right? Yah cool, everything's fine then, do do do do do....

But we're so caught up in the torrent of the fast paced world around us that we fail to realize that everything ISN'T fine.

And people like me who choose to speak up, even if its on an itty bitty messageboard regarding a "harmless" quazi-humourous post about the domination and objectification of women, get told to chill out, relax and that it won't help anything by bringing the issue to light.

Perhaps if people took the time to learn about the history of activism, the incredible leaps that individuals and groups alike have made because they were willing to speak out against the social injustices that the majority of the world had become so desensitized to, they'd see that activism DOES have benefits and DOES make a positive impact on society. We just have to stop being distracted by the shit that instantly rewards us (ie. laughing at a derogatory joke) and critically assess the impact our words have on the world around us.... positive or negative.