Tuesday, November 28, 2006

A quick thought on alienation.

The nature of our lives these days leads very easily towards alienation. This is especially true for 18-30 year olds. Often single, living away from where they grew up to get work, a social life that is geared around consumption......etc. In short, a lonely life geared around work or the search for work.

The media constantly reinforces predudices that are designed to seperate us. Plays on generation gaps (The old are boring, the young are criminals.) race (Don't trust them Muslims folks!) class (Bloody single mothers!) and sex (Phwoar! single mothers!). Which should inevitably lead to greater distrust within society. And at first glance this appears to be the case. The Bnp is growing in a few areas, people seem to shit themselves when they see youngsters in hoodies...etc.

But there is an interesting side effect to this sort of alienation. We have to figure out whether we trust our perceptions, or not, more quickly. Often this trust will be won on the basis of brand loyalty, your favourtie brand of pie in the newsagents for example. But we also have to trust strangers more, simply because our livelyhoods and our lives move around more quickly. Every time we move job or home, we have to start from scratch with the people around us.

Anyway, this needs more thought. I'm just trying to get the basics of my line of reasoning down so I can work on it. There may be more to come on this.

28 Comments:

Blogger Renegade Eye said...

That is why political activism exists. Religion doesn't do the trick.

2:51 PM  
Blogger Montmarcey Brown said...

It does give you a community to interact with in most places.

9:39 AM  
Blogger valueaddedman said...

Interesting post montmarcy.
I was thinking the other day that whilst I working I was a lot more unfriendly person. This is because I didnt have the time and energy to really consider other people and I had "worries of my own". Being considerate to others i.e. being friendly - requires not being self-obsessed. Self-obsession is a symptom of not coping very well with life. A lot people struggle with life I think (including myself) !. Just my 2 pence.

3:23 AM  
Blogger Montmarcey Brown said...

Good point. I think this lends itself very well to the Maggie Thatcher 'Greed is good' era of politics that we are still recovering from. An alienated worker is a more productive worker because they end up living simply to work and nothing else. Also, the more self obsessed we become, the easier we are prey to the consumables that enable us to express ourselves simply through purchasing power, and the less we are prey to the collective conscience of the world that our great nation is currently fucking over.

6:46 AM  
Blogger Jim Jay said...

Interesting.. I find myself less unfriendly at work than at home - perhaps its due to the kind of work place where we have to be a team...

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm Kelly,
from UAE,
and I'm 20 y.o

Hi, Everybody
I've studied English sinse Spring .
It's Really difficult
I want like to meet handsome gays and girls and practisice My English with them.

Kiss!!

12:16 AM  
Blogger valueaddedman said...

I find myself unfriendly at home too to some extent. This is mainly cause I don't get on with my family that well - generational and cultural differences is what I put it down to - a big gulf.
I think if this is no unifying force, collective goal, you have to put a lot of effort in to relationships, compassion understanding and so on, to get them to work. But most people don't seem to bothered to do this and are just content to be alienated. It takes 2 to tango as they say, if your partner doesn't do the moves with you its not going to work.

Sorry if I have waffled on here :)

3:36 AM  
Blogger Montmarcey Brown said...

Waffle away my freind. I like them best with Maple syrup. There really is no need for a generation gap, and I think it's quite a modern concept.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Montmarcey Brown said...

Kelly, I'm not handsome, gay, or a girl.

Infact, I'm a purple bracelet that was placed in a faulty microwave and given magical powers by a foolish young boy.

5:58 PM  
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4:32 PM  
Blogger valueaddedman said...

Ah Good point Monty - look for things in common, not for differences. Would be interested to hear more.

p.s. That Anonymous, is getting on my nerves. Deserves a good scolding in my opinion :)

4:21 AM  
Blogger Montmarcey Brown said...

i would, but my kettle is broken

2:58 AM  
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11:43 AM  
Blogger valueaddedman said...

Monty, please fix your kettle - there is much scolding to be done, perhaps even considering buying a new - this is no joke

12:16 PM  
Blogger Montmarcey Brown said...

Oi! Anonymous, Fuck off!

6:00 AM  
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10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL Nice one Monty!
Anonymous, heed the words of wisdom presented by Montmarcey. You will feel better in time.

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Anonymous a very public sociologist said...

Kelly Anonymous's comment is the best thing I've read all day.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Montmarcey Brown said...

oh

5:06 AM  

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