INTELLECTUAL CIVILIZATIONS ON THE RISE: HOW THE MIND MAKES US AWARE AND LESS HAPPY

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“Our minds are growing, but it’s hurting us.”


Unlike the people of the past, we are becoming more and more aware of our surroundings. We are becoming more and more aware of who we are as a people as well. Yet, the more we become aware, the more depressed we become. But it’s not our fault, it’s the basis of what we are as people. Human curiosity and advancement causes this to happen. Meaning, we want advancements in medicine and science as well as technology, so long as it does not interfere with social norms and religion. But you can’t have an advanced civilization and not challenge these beliefs in the process. Because the advancements heightens the mind and you become more aware. Then you challenge the beliefs of the past.

What are some things that we have become more aware about. For starters, relationships, and when I say relationships I mean marriage. The more you learn about what it means the more you get turned off. People say you do it for love, but you don’t need to marry someone to love them. Marriage is not a molecule or virus that takes form. If two people go to work and come home to raise children, do you really “need” marriage. You water, food, clothing, and shelter, not marriage. But society has constructed our minds to make us think it does when in reality nothing happens. You go to work come home, go to work and come home. So why do we need it? Well, in the past women couldn’t work. So she had to marry a man so she could be cared for. But if he died or left the family, she was screwed. So laws had to be created stating that a woman is entitled to something if the marriage shall end. So marriage is not love, it’s entering a contract that aids in protecting a woman in case the man leave or pass away. The relationship is the love.

But is marriage the only way that we have become mentally aware and more unhappy? What about friendships? A friend is supposed to be another person who you enter a non-intimate relationship with whom you share common bond with in life. Our awareness of friendships have been relegated to likes on social media. Instead of conversations we text message each other. There use to be time you remembered people’s telephone numbers, and now we have contacts we touch to call them. Our awareness have caused us to take people who are true friends for granted because if I have ten good friends I hang with and you have 100k people who follow you on Instagram, then you’re more important with the 100k. So instead of building relationships, we’re more interested in the statistical aspect of building; quantity over quality.

Now, we still haven’t reached to the full extent why higher levels of awareness has made us smarter, yet more lonely and unhappy. And the main reason is that in today’s society unlike any other time in history, we are constantly bombarded and inundated with information. Unlike our parents, we don’t have to wait until we reach a certain age to understand life. There is enough information to know everything now. So much so, we consume, consume, consume, then dump. We’ve become human locust, where we eat all the resources. Once there is nothing left, we dump the place where we got our resources. It’s the reason why Google is such a big deal because there are billions of pages of information. No one human can find out everything in Google, which is why they are such an attractive organization; unlimited information.

In the end, people of an older generation question, what’s the downside of too much information. And with anything, there is the upside and downside. The downside is that it tends to make us more depressed once we figure the truth behind what we’re looking for in life. It can also make us more detached from reality. But there is an upside to the information. Those in power will have to work even harder to do their jobs because it’s becoming too hard to trick the masses. With apps, social media, and access to more documents than the government has access to, they at times are last to know information. So there is a forced transparency with how they operate. But whatever the outcome, we will do as past generations have done when met with adversity. Adjust to the changes or die as a result of not being able to cope in an ever-changing society.

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