The Present Society

Inspired by the Paradox of our Age, I contemplated and wrote my observation on the present society — although negative, somehow true. I realized that exploring the negative side gave me a new perspective to deal with challenges and better my understanding about life, about how things work. Here’s my observation:

The present society is, we browse on social media sites relentlessly but complain we don’t have time to do the things we love.

We keep wanting more. We never notice we already have more.

We shout for change — we want to change the system, but can’t even change our bad habits and negative behaviors.

We get angry easily when our opinions and beliefs are ignored.

We spend too much time worrying. We don’t have time for solutions. Are there solutions? I don’t know.

The age of hypocrisy.

We want to perfect our loved ones, even though it’s impossible. We do our best to change them, instead of understanding and accepting.

It’s easy to correct others but difficult to correct ourselves.

We think we actually understand right and wrong, but the truth is, we are confused.

We judge others by their physical appearance, sometimes their actions, though we don’t deeply know them.

Some idolize those who make fun of others. And we think it’s cool and entertaining. Have we forgotten we’re all humans?

The days of true love scarcity.

We post countless selfies on Facebook to boost our ego and attract opposite sex. The sad thing: We think it’s awesome. We think it’s the way to find true love.

Some men think of women as toys, comfort pillows, and sex machines. They love womanizing, but afraid to take responsibility as fathers and husbands.

Some women get into relationships for wealth, status, privilege, and power, but complain why their lives feel empty.

Selfishness at its core.

Nobody wants to get behind; everybody wants to be on top — we want that car, we want that house, we want that new smartphone. We want everything that can boost our status.

We think it’s okay to lie and cheat to succeed in life.

We gain information, but no knowledge. We gain knowledge, but no wisdom. Then we act as if we know everything.

We want success, yet we don’t know what we really want to become, and what to do with our lives.

Or even if we know, we don’t work for it. We are distracted (or afraid).

We can spend time watching TV shows, sports tournaments, and drama series, but can’t spend a little amount of time to read books or learn something essential to life.

Isn’t it strange we keep following our parents, our bosses, and the government but can’t even follow our hearts?

The age when money is life and life is money.

We seek security, financial stability, and a regular high-paying job, even if that means sacrificing our freedom, family, and the things we love doing.

We work hard to invest in properties, cars, stuff, but can’t even invest in ourselves — our passions and self-education.

We prefer soldiers than farmers, but afraid of war.

We look down on farmers because it’s not a cool job, but afraid of famine.

We love talking about industrialization, politics, and technology, but forget about environmentalism — what can we do to preserve environment?

We worry about the future, but don’t do something about it.

Only few of us plant trees and grow food; the majority consume. We waste so much water and electricity. We take our planet for granted.

We hate and hate.

Nations hate other nations, religions mock other religions, and families fight each other because of wealth; we have forgotten we’re all humans.

Isn’t it strange we feel good when we see our enemies fail?

And maybe — just maybe — we’re running out of time to save humanity and our planet.

Why not do something? Why not take actions?

I may be right or wrong. But I want to understand why these things are happening. Why are we doing these? Why can’t we changeI’m on a quest to find out.

How about you? What have you observed? Drop your thoughts here.

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Jade Panugan

Some interesting questions about life and human behavior: What if there's no money? Why we often feel the urge to prove that we're right and others are wrong? Why we react to things beyond our control? Why we hate? Why it's hard to be content? I don't have all the answers, do you? Let's chat.