Our Unfair Society (and Cavemen)

The current systems in place within our society do not work. They breed inequality, undermine democracy, and completely ignore important topics, such as the many environmental issues we face. We need change in a big way, but there are many obstacles in the way.

The main obstacle is ourselves. People are naturally resistant to change (ask anyone who works in HR). This probably stems back to instincts instilled in us when the world was a much more threatening place. Biologically, there is virtually no difference between us and cavemen. Born in the same environmental conditions, you and a caveman would be equals (the caveman would be a little bit hairier, granted). Cavemen had to live in a very specific way to survive in their world. Changes in their lifestyle could be fatal. Today, we still have that instinct that tells us, “if you are alive, you’re doing something right, so don’t change anything!”.

Just in case anyone’s reading this thinking “I’m using a computer – I’m way more advanced than a caveman!” – that’s due to accumulation of knowledge i.e. the people before us figuring things out and writing things down (which started with cavemen drawing on the cave walls). All I’m saying is, if you were dropped naked onto a desert island, how long would it take you to send an e-mail?

So, we are very cautious about disrupting the status quo, even if we can see, rationally, that we are being cheated. We feel secure when things stay the same.

There is also a well-established pecking order in our society, which provides another obstacle to reform. The powerful people at the top of the pecking order are constantly telling us that things are okay the way they are, and to change anything would be a big risk. But, of course, they would say that, wouldn’t they, because they’re benefiting from the systems in place.

The people at the top of the pecking order are the mass communicators too, so their voice is the loudest, and it resonates in our ears constantly. They tell us that the people who want reform are crazy, idealists, and troublemakers. The people benefiting from the systems in place are the minority, so they have to turn us against each other to maintain their position. They also have to make us believe that social reform is out of reach, an impossibility. But maybe it’s closer than we think.

The philosophy we live by doesn’t make sense. One person starves to death while another is born the Queen (two people who are both shaved cavemen). Since the philosophy doesn’t make sense, the supporters of the philosophy lose touch with reality or use their influence to suppress real-world issues. All we get are minor changes designed to appease the masses – we are seeing plenty of them in the run-up to the general election!

As it stands, we are not in control of our own lives; we are used by the ruling class. We need to pry our lives from the desperate grasp of the powerful in order to live in a fairer society.

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Let’s get rid of the Royal Family!

The monarchy undermines the concept of equality in the UK.

How can our society even pretend to strive for any sort of equality when we have such a visual hereditary institution hanging over us?

The Royal Family is a thing that we are all brought up with from birth. Everyone aged 3 upwards knows who the Queen is. We are raised with the idea that it is OK for this family to be born into wealth, luxury, and power. We are raised with the fact lodged in our minds that we will never be a member of the Royal Family because we’re not good enough – our bloodline isn’t up to scratch – we didn’t quite make the grade. We are raised to bow to members of the Royal Family and address them in a certain way, lest we forget our place in this world.

When we were children the Royal Family was shoved into our faces. At school we learnt about their lineage and what the different Kings and Queens did in history. From a young age we were told almost everything about the monarchy. The only thing they left out was the debate as to whether or not the monarchy should exist in modern day society at all.

This exposure to the Royal Family was the narrow end of the wedge. Once we have established in our minds that it’s OK for some to be born into power and privilege then it’s easier for the masses to accept all the other people who are born into power and privilege. I believe that’s the only reason we still have a monarchy in this day and age: it is being propped up by a network of people who think that they are superior because of some sort of birth-right.

The Royal Family contradicts democracy. It devalues the concept of intellect and achievement. It’s also expensive. Let’s get rid of it!

“The Queen is dead, boys, and it’s so lonely on a limb.”

-The Smiths