I can’t put my finger on a single point in time when society held the sturdy societal building blocks like the golden rule, human respect, basic decency, logic, critical thinking, and civility in high regard but to me it sure seems like that time once existed. Was this perceived Golden Age a phenomenon only found in a “unique” subculture like the one where I grew up and lived for most of my life or was it a delusion?
Here is how I define the sturdy societal building blocks I listed above:
- Golden Rule: the principle of treating others as one’s self would wish to be treated.
- Human Respect: a regard for the opinions or esteem of others.
- Decency: behavior that conforms to accepted standards of morality or respectability.
- Logic: reasoning conducted or assessed according to strict principles of validity.
- Critical Thinking: the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment.
- Civility: politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech.
It’s been said that you never really know what you have until it’s gone. I think our society has lost so much of those sturdy societal building blocks that it’s now quite obvious that they’re mostly gone and without these sturdy building blocks our society is apparently starting to crumble. Was there sociological switch that was flipped over night or was it a slow decline to what our society is today? Personally I think it’s been a nearly unnoticeable slow decline with some notable stimulus along the way. What I’ve observed is that since the beginning of the 21st century it seems to me like these sturdy societal building blocks are rapidly being disregarded as valueless and old-fashioned. This is especially evident in the last ten years and their value is very noticeably been scrapped and replaced in the last three years. What was once considered to be taboo anti-social behaviors in our society are now rapidly becoming mainstream acceptable, encouraged and are replacing the sturdy societal building blocks that were once held in high regard.
What are these anti-social behaviors that I’m talking about? I found a list of antisocial personality disorder signs and symptoms on the Mayo Clinic’s website. I put in bold text the behaviors that I’m consistently seeing in our society.
- Disregard for right and wrong
- Persistent lying or deceit to exploit others
- Being callous, cynical and disrespectful of others
- Using charm or wit to manipulate others for personal gain or personal pleasure
- Arrogance, a sense of superiority and being extremely opinionated
- Recurring problems with the law, including criminal behavior
- Repeatedly violating the rights of others through intimidation and dishonesty
- Impulsiveness or failure to plan ahead
- Hostility, significant irritability, agitation, aggression or violence
- Lack of empathy for others and lack of remorse about harming others
- Unnecessary risk-taking or dangerous behavior with no regard for the safety of self or others
- Poor or abusive relationships
- Failure to consider the negative consequences of behavior or learn from them
- Being consistently irresponsible and repeatedly failing to fulfill work or financial obligations
I’m consistently seeing nearly everything on their list and it’s not just some random wacko screaming at people on Main Street for no reason, it’s large groups of stupid people intentionally disrupting society to gain social power over others.
The Mayo Clinic continues with a list of symptoms of conduct disorder. Again, I put in bold text the behaviors that I’m consistently seeing in our society.
- Aggression toward people and animals
- Destruction of property
- Serious violation of rules
Am I saying that the people exhibiting these behaviors are suffering from these personality disorders; no, I’m not qualified to make such a diagnosis, but that does not change the fact that I’m observing the behaviors. By the way, the existence of these behaviors are not the only contributing factor to personality disorders they are just a part.
A sentence that jumped out at me on the Mayo Clinic page I referenced above is, “Personality forms during childhood, shaped through an interaction of inherited tendencies and environmental factors”. If the personality of large groups of people have been shaped since they were children, more likely enabled by coddling parents, into thinking that anti-social behaviors are acceptable, normal and “expected” then it’s quite likely that that group of people will show strong anti-social tendencies because they have literally been taught into thinking that their irrational emotion driven anti-social behaviors are “normal”.
What’s becoming obvious to me is that these anti-social behaviors are being used to strip our society of its core building blocks, but how?
Simply exhibiting anti-social behaviors really doesn’t do much to change society but when anti-social behaviors are combined with power grabbing virtue signaling and the anti-social behaviors are weaponized to ram irrational positions down the throat of the public using intimidation and dishonesty, that is a cancer to society and very destructive. You don’t combat anti-social behaviors by ignoring them, regardless of the reasons they are acting out, the behaviors themselves need to be directly addressed so they can be stopped.
Virtue Signaling: the action or practice of publicly expressing opinions or sentiments intended to demonstrate one’s good character or the moral correctness of one’s position on a particular issue.
What I’m seeing is that there are hive minded stupid people, aka 21st century social justice warriors, that are trying to justify their virtue signaling and weaponized free speech and anti-social behaviors by employing nearly every unethical rationalization on this list. They’re clearly obsessed with their new found power to manipulate society with intimidation and they are employing the unethical and immoral tactic at will and unopposed. If you don’t fall in line with the hive you’ll be considered a pariah and you will be attacked using all forms of media, you’ll be smeared in public places by irrational social justice warriors virtue signalling at the top of their lungs and bullying businesses into abusing the rights of people to live in peace and in some cases physically assault that which they oppose. It doesn’t matter one bit if the perceived opposition to the stupid people is factually correct, if someone or something appears to be opposing the righteousness of the hive in any way they’ll be attacked. The hive appears to consider itself to be infallible and perfect and they must squash all semblance of opposition and annihilate that which they think is imperfect. This all sounds to me like a the hive is trying to brainwash the public and if you take the time to look around at how society is changing you’ll see that people are in fear of these stupid people and the intimidation tactics are working. Also see Apathy Fertilizes A Breeding Ground For Stupidity
Here’s how we can tell that what they’re doing is working.
There are individuals, companies, municipalities, universities, states, and some in the federal government that are virtue signaling at these hordes of stupid people just to keep them at bay. We see individuals setting aside truth and logic and kowtowing to the stupid hoards because the stupid hordes have accused them of something terrible not because they’re actually guilty of something terrible; these stupid hoards consider accusations to be absolute fact therefore guilt is implied, innocent until proven guilty is an old fashioned concept that these people are outright rejecting. We see municipalities throwing logic and critical thinking under a bus and kowtowing to the stupid hordes allowing them to intimidate people or face the wrath of the hoards. We see companies and colleges preempting the hordes of stupid people by not using critical thinking and making policies that publicly virtue signal to the hoards of stupid people that they agree with them. All this virtue signaling and the unwillingness of the general public to publicly confront the hordes of stupid people is empowering stupidity!
Our apathetic 21st century society has allowed the golden rule, human respect, basic decency, logic, critical thinking, and civility to be crushed like a bug under the heavy intimidating boot of anti-social stupid people.
[EDIT: Fixed some misspelled words and added “& Intelligence” to the title.]
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18 thoughts on “Hordes of Anti-Social “Stupid” People Stomp Civility & Intelligence Into Submission!”
Great perspective. Enjoyed reading. Will incorporate many of the ideas expressed
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Yes, I agree with Chris, I think I’ve read this 3 times over the past year. I remember as you do, when I was growing up in a small town in Delaware the vast majority of people exhibited all 6 of the societal building blocks you listed. I think it’s still that way in that small town.
In some ways these characteristics seemed to erode away slowly but something changed recently (within the last decade perhaps) that made these characteristics rare in the majority of the population. Did it start eroding with TV shows like Jerry Springer? That’s probably a far stretch but small things like this paved the way for normalization of bizarre behavior. I think people ignored this at first, then civility slowly eroded away – at one time I enjoyed going to the movie theater, no more, people refuse to sit quietly and enjoy the movie either by talking or leaving their phones active and if you say anything – your the bad person.
It’s just difficult to pinpoint how this started and snowballed into the total chaos we see today. Although, I do blame the MSM in part because they seem to stir the pot every chance they get to create “news” so they can get ad revenue. They certainly aren’t promoting civility or fairness in any way.
I guess one reason I have so much trouble commenting on these topics is that they are so complex, you could write a whole book on what caused this collapse of societal norms and acceptable behaviors. Even if you cover one aspect thoroughly, you still feel like you’ve left something out.
That’s why I admire people like you who can post these essays / articles for people to read. I wish more people could read these posts (as well as EA) and really process them with an open mind. It seems the golden age is gone in large portions of the USA and the scourge is growing like a cancer, even to the smaller close nit communities now.
As much as I dislike President Trump’s tweeting and stupid comments, it seems he’s one of the few standing up to the mob and trying to protect American values. If he would have just kept some (or most) of his thoughts to himself I think the next election would have been no contest. However, at this point I don’t know who will prevail in November. The man has been under attack ever since the result of the election was final, even before he took office. Perhaps I might behave similarly under those circumstances but I surely would use more self restraint that he does (his self restraint is non-existent).
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President Trump trolls his opposition and they are more than happy to drop their collective guard and fall off the edge of reality. Trump is and has been actively revealing the political left.