Reflection 09: Society and Control
I was born and raised in a moderately controlled society. One of the reasons my home country was a role model in treating the pandemic was people take rules seriously. There was no rally refusing to wear masks anywhere. When a common goal is set, I have been taught it is a virtue to follow. In the textbook, people emphasized how the nation overcame the financial crisis in 1997 with the gold-collecting campaign by the people. The peninsula has gone through many wars, colonization, invasion, and military governments. Union was always an agenda. In a way that the Western world can not comprehend, an individual's freedom has low priority in a nationwide emergency.
My generation grew up with the worldwide web. It opened a lot of gates for us. Younger people in my country self-taught individuality. When I was a teenager, it was quite normal to get in a debate with friends if individualism is selfish or not. It looks cute at this point, but that was a departing point from the former generation. For a country that achieved modern democracy less than a decade ago, millennials acquired the taste of the first world quite swiftly. The united public sounded old-fashioned because it was often packaged with responsibilities and traditions. (It is tricky to tell the sales strategy for the conservative values from the greater good.) Still, millennials and Gen Z in this country agree to comply with the righteous regulations. The deeply rooted notion of the common good is a true tradition of the nation, in my perspective.
So throughout my childhood and even now, since I got to experience different cultures, the proper level of control is a standing question. Rules and promises are the basis of society. I also understand how it can be efficient and inefficient simultaneously. That is why I disapprove of poorly made systems. I can’t entirely agree with the view that is totally denying the system. I refer to Foucault many times when writing stuff. (I was educated in the Western way, after all) However, it’s pretentious European people talking about power and oppression when they are still not fully acknowledging what they have done to other countries; I am under-qualified to prove the logical reason for the discomfort of quoting the first-world philosophers’ thoughts on an oppressive structure. Don’t get me wrong. I am not giving an okay sign to the strongly controlled society. Just stating that the rest of the world, especially the countries under the influence of some nations, had to pay for their freedom.
This piece has been slightly randomly proceeded so far, but I couldn’t find a better way to put my thoughts in one place. Anyways, I fundamentally believe in the structure that functions. I’ve seen people impeaching the corrupt president through rallies. I’ve learned that the public can earn democracy despite a lot of blood. My country still has a long way to go. Gender equality is at a horrible level. Labor conditions should improve. Education can be so much better. Accessibilities and social service for disabilities? It’s at an unacceptable level. The list can go on. I sometimes want to flee the peninsula. Yet, I feel responsible and see the potential. The balance between control and chaos exists. One of the old tricks that humans can pull to get is creating. I struggle to live to witness the well-made world that actually works. Think of the absurdity the flat world has produced. There must be opposing forces. (Apparently, it is a joke.) To be honest, I am still not sure if that is possible. All I can do is having trust and move forward in the right direction. Improving that’s already pretty good works. I think supplementing the imperfect one would be beneficial too. A structure can be used in so many different ways. There must be a good one among them.