Pride & Peer Pressure: A Tale of Two Rights
Firstly, I apologize for the abysmal title. I just couldn’t for the life of me conceive a more appropriate headliner. If you could find it in your hearts to forgive me, we can proceed. If not, I suppose your journey ends here.
“I’m right, you’re wrong!” has seemingly become a self-conscious adage for the millennial generation. Worst of all, the negligent, irresponsible and unaccountable behaviour the Internet stimulates from both anonymity and popularity has enchantingly swollen this sense of self-righteousness. Albeit, such a blatant claim is a massive generalization on my part, but it does not lack justification – Western society cultivates the belief that right and wrong birth in the eye of the beholder and the only person we ought to hold accountable is our self. While personal responsibility is undoubtedly noble, the greater context of such belief is found wanting. Weaved from the same fabric there is a polar socio-moral that emphasizes truth ought to be subjective and therefore should be determined by a majority ruling of embellished belief, which more often than not leads to “peer pressure” dissemination through social movements. You’ll often see famous actors or artists push for you to adopt such a belief as more virtuous and morally right than your own, ironically. It should be said that both views on truth believe right and wrong to be subjective propositions, truth is only as right and real as you want it to be so long as it fits in with the collective vibe. Perhaps you may be wondering how can we be right and wrong at the same time and yet remain true to ourselves? – And can we even truly be sure about whether we’re right or wrong if certainty begins anonymously and is determined by popularity?
Matlock Bobechko is an eclectic Christian thinker and designer, award-winning short screenwriter and filmmaker. This is his on-going compilation of notes, poems, blogs and journals with additional written material under Extra. As a rule of thumb, a Journal entry will be longer with stronger academic appeal.