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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Being popular doesn't mean being important

Today my dear readers, I want to reflect upon with all of you about the following assumption that I have just given birth: "Even if all the people of the world have said something stupid, it will be still stupid".  
You all know how I prefer not focus on abused words from society, but this time in order to develop my concept it is necessary to talk about one of those: "conformism". Anyway don't worry because obviously I have my personal and interesting opinion about that. For me this term refers to a tendency in adapting yourself to opinions, habits and behaviors that are prevalent into your society.
Usually conformists people are sheeps in meaning of life
So going on I define conformists those whom, ignoring their subjective self-expressions, they adapt the overall behaviors of the majority group which they take part.
Anyway I think I can't have just a negative impression about all of that, because I know very well that the origin of conformism often resides in the "ancient part" of the human being, that refuses the loneliness out from the herd, considering it as dangerous. It is a kind of surviving behavior, people are protecting themselves into the social environment in which they live, taking on the most common traits, in terms of ways of being, doing, thinking. The result is a sense of security that evidently reinforces a conformist behavior.
All of this that I have just said it is generally true and for each historical era in which human beings have lived; but we are here and now, and here and now there are television and Internet playing a key role, in fact the media have a big responsibility in spreading a conformist attitude. A single person is discouraged from expressing openly an opinion, specially if this opinion is contrary to the majority. This does ensure that people who find themselves in such situation are emarginated, increasing that way the collective perception of being different from the majority, causing consequently, a dynamic process where this minority even unconsciously change opinion to conform and align with the rest of the group.
Now to better understand what I want to say it is necessary one good provocation of mine, because don't forget that my statement is: "Being popular doesnt mean being important". 
Let's talk about teenagers because they are a "social group" that easily is targeted by media. The example that I want to do is very simple but effective. Teeneager have their own idols that usually are singers or bands. They listen a lot to their music and they wear the same clothes, after that, maybe they are ready to play all the day long with their smartphones. So if I would be in an American tv show talking about Mark Twain, obviously I would have less audience than this teeneger singer who is performing on another channel; what does it means? I guess that American people prefer entertaining instead of to know from where they came from; but what is more interesting?
Now in Uk are very popular some teenegers bands. If I would be on a British tv show talking about Shakespeare for sure I would have less audience than them. What does it means? The same thing above I guess. And I can continue like that for every country. In Russia not so many people would watch me if I just would talk about so meaningful authors as Tolstoy or Dostoevsky and in Italy just a common football game would be more followed than a poem of Dante, Petrarca or Boccaccio.
I am different from others and I am "proud" of that! 
All of that what does it means? I have  the answer: "It means that being popular doesn't mean being interesting". 
There are a lot of smart people that are not so popular in the World, and this it happens because there isn't any type of connection between "popular" and "interesting". I support this concept. Instead many people confuse those two words, that are not just words but a lot more. Definitely what compromises the whole thing is the fact that everything revolves around money.
For sure the path is becaming complicated because now you my dear reader, you could say to me that intertesting is a relative concept, like if for someone can be interestig something that is not for someonelse. That's true, but you know me, and I know you, consequently you know very well that I can't do this absurde rethoric. Just because you follow me I know that you are able to understand me right. Anyhow I know that you can have this doubt so I want to answer already to this question. I think in fact that there is nothing wrong in relaxing, in having fun, in entertaining and so on, but the fact is that those people, in this case teenegers whose I was talking about, they tend to do just that. At least they should give more space in their life of what is really interesting for their mind and soul. 
I want to conclude my statements with a surprise. Maybe after all of what I have just written you think that I consider my self an anti-conformist, yes it is true, I consider myself like that. Usually you have non-conformist personalities in artists, in scientists, in philosophers, in saints, and in all of those who are giving to themselves the opportunity of "the free expression" out of a shape already predefined: so this is me. And I wish you are also like that my dear reader.
The revelation that I am talking about is that I consider social conformism important. Unfortunately imitation is a fundamental characteristic of the human being and you can't get apart from it. In fact I think that behind every claim of unconventionality, it hides another conformist behavior. So even me, that "I sing myself", I can't bear to admit the resemblance to other human beings and I lean to the mass in order to rise myself above it but this movement is inspired by those "nonconformists" who have preceded me in every fields and it demonstrates my dependence on the mass that I despise so much. So I can say that in my anti-conformism I am conformist, because "without the mass I would have nothing from which I can stand out".
"The Master" in his studio

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12 comments:

  1. honestly and interestingly !

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    1. Hello Anastasia! Even from few but meaningful words I can understand that you really appreciate my style! Thank you very much!

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  2. Interesting post Luciano! Whenever people talk about conformity vs individuality, I tend to remember the moment in the film Life of Brian when the whole crowd shouts, "Yes! we are all individuals". Isn't our striving to be different from everyone else a form of conformity in it's own right? Everyone wants to be unique and interesting, and in that way we are all the same still!
    It is better I think not to define yourself by what others are and instead focus on your own internal truths and define yourself by yourself. If that makes any sense!
    As far as teenagers go, while many of them do conform to pop culture, others are fierce, intelligent and artistic. I love talking to my little sister and her friends for this very reason. They are creative, but not limited to what is conventional or the ideals and ideas that adult society has yet to thrust on them.
    Maybe it's something to think about anyway.
    Be well and hope to hear from you soon! :)

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    1. Hello Amanda! Thank you for your interesting comment. I think you have understood me right when you mention that film, it is a good example of what I was talking about!
      I agree also when you say something like that we shouldn't permit others to influence us too much. This is the hazard when you conform yourself to the society and actually it is what happens usually.
      It is good if your sister is as you said but this doesn't mean that every teenager is like that. For me usually they are conformists, as adults though. Anyway it is not my intention to generalize of course, if it is what you mean. "Good and bad" you can find everywhere so.
      I am great and I hope you too! Ciao!

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  3. yes))) funny))) nonconformists also conformists)))
    Luciano, but what your ideas about teenagers? what we can do, for them to interested more in Shakespeare and Dostoevsky, than chanels for fun?

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    1. Hello Katerina! Your question is really big because I think a lot of things about teenagers; to answer you properly I will do another post for you! Anyway I may say that I am not sure if is completely right to try to change them. What I was talking about in my article is just something that I have observed. You are practice and you ask me some solutions and you are right. I can tell you the causes first. I guess everything starts from parents and schools. Consequently the solutions need to be found there. I am sure about that.
      I also think that people needs their times to understand really better what is life. The most important thing is to have "the wish". Too often in fact if I ask to somebody, what is their meaning of life, they just answer me back something of superficial, like for example just their job! Very ridiculous! Unfortunately for them are not just teenegers, they are also adults; so the paradox is that teenagers have a lot of problems but sometimes adults can be worse than them! Who knows who is more conformist!
      I just want to say that a lot of bad things in the World happens because people doesn't have even the consciusness of what they are doing.
      Thank you for your comment Katerina and for your clues!

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  4. Anonymous20:47

    Fantastic topic, Luciano! You're ideas are Amazing. I really enjoy reading your topics. Congratulations

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  5. The media it reminds me every elections situation in the country. Where people are watching the countries tv channels where artificially make unfriendly relations between the two ethnic groups who live in the same state. One channel which supports first party says bad about the other ethnic group, and the other using the moment 'to defend' second ethic group says bad things about the first. People who are watching these channels start to feel angry at each other. Therefore, based on that feelings the voting take place. However, in reality both ethnic groups respect each other. There are people who believes what majority are saying. Of course they every day clean brain with propaganda, if the person is not strong in their points of view and do not have enough knowledge they will believe. In fact this is the easiest way to make people angry – hit their nationality. Maybe I don’t know something, but I have never seen anyone who would not love and trying to protect their nationality, it is in blood and in our reflections.
    Talking about teenagers they are just start to live and of course very easy to manipulate with them. (by the way the same with people of retirement age) Most part of them try to find a group and stick there, as they say to do not be a ‘loser’ (:D). They are afraid to be alone (not all of course), afraid to be individual. To be individual already feels for them to be different and not all are able to handle their own views, decisions, responsibility etc.
    If to note Americans as you say ‘where they come from’ the reason of that they are not interested because of the laws of the state, and firstly their education system. The easiest example is that it is forbidden by law to think/to give information in schools or in other places that people came from something other than monkeys. The other thing at soldiers trainings they teach that ‘to make peace you need to fight for that’ and it mostly brings war. However, as I must note they have good brain to understand and in reality are kind people, but when they are out of the country it is very often superiority complex takes place (of course not all ;) ). In what they are interested it depends from their history and education. The same with Great Britain the second US. This two states are focused on laws and rights, they are strict. Actually, it is great for material life but not for spiritual life. As you say money make ‘popular’ and ‘interesting’ make talent, the soul, heart. The individual with rich soul goes more deep than expensive chocolate wrapper. There are millions of talent people, actually each person can perform, but the world is ruled by virtual crunchy paper. But I believe and see that this as you name ‘interesting’ people who made something or share something are for sure heard just not by such a big audience as ‘popular’. Moreover, ‘popular’ often fly up and fall down – no longer ‘popular’ ‘Hej you, dummy it’s no longer popular take it off/turn it off’ :D :D :D. ‘Interesting’ lives forever because it touches such people as You and many others hearts. ;)

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    1. Hello Jelena, it so interesting reading your comments here. You always write something deep and inherent, you develop in a good way my concepts. Thank you to inspire me so much.
      I guess it's pretty obvious "the criminal use" that nowadays we can see by some media. I know that they are a tool so it depends from the people and sometimes there are also good things there, but too much frequently I see an inappropriate use of Tv and Radio. It is not by chance that for a lack of good shows more and more people are deciding to don't turn the Tv on anymore. Rarely television says something like it is exactly, they always need to show to public the side of the thing which is more convenient for somebody of "powerful".
      Even if they consider people stupid and manipulable actually it happens sometimes what you were saying Jelena; I Mean that Media want to make fight people, but at the end when those people are together, in many cases they respect each other: this is a good sign. I am sure that people are better of what Media pretend to show to everyone.
      Yes a strategy can be to touch nationalities. Of course I guess for nobody can be nice to hear talking bad about their own country, but they shouldn't pay too much attention on that. I am not against patriotism, thanks to this feeling people have created countries, and it is nice to feel being part a community, but obviously this good feelings don't have to degenerate against other people who may be considered "different". At the end different in what? I guess the right thing is that in this World we are all different but also all the same. So
      I really like Jelena your concept of being popular. You are right. Too often the fame is fake and when you don't need no more to them, they just drop you out. Instead is better to "build yourself" little by little, step by step. In this case, just thanks to yourself and to people who really care for you, you can create the "best version" of you. Only in this way you can be really happy. Sometimes it is necessary to start from far away, but when you will reach your target you will feel completely satisfied.
      If I wanted to be famous definitely I wouldn't talk about meaning of life and so on, was enough to talk about stupid things. But I know that I am doing the right thing. I dont care to have millions of readers, because for me it is wonderful to have my special readers, people like you Jelena, because with a little bit of conceit I can say that all of you my nice readers worth like millions of people for me...

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  6. Anonymous11:20

    It is true. The article is really wonderfull! Please, don't stop creating! Go on! When I started following your blog, I needed and used an English dictionary a lot. Now I see I have to use it seldom. I improved my English reading your blog. Thank you!

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    1. I will always go on! I am happy that through my articles you can improve also your english! Thank you very much! Really!

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