A short storis of the modern-day controversiality.
It's no secret that we are living in a time of chaos and confusion. Everywhere we turn, there are conflicting views and opinions on everything from politics to social issues. And as the youth of this generation, it often feels like we are just passengers on this wild ride, constantly being drip fed agendas that most of the time have nothing to do with them and have little to say about it. We're bombarded with information, constantly trying to navigate our way through the maze of conflicting views and struggling to form our own opinions. It's no wonder that many of us feel like we don't have a voice. Yet, when we do voice our own opinion, it becomes shrouded in a spiral of what can only be described as ‘Trevor’s axiom’. This struggle has only amplified the craziness of the world and has led to an even more chaotic outcome within the youth generation.
The Digital Dilemma
The speed at which technology is advancing today is nothing short of draining. That dance that makes Patrick Swayze look like he had two left feet. This isn't your Grandma Anita’s game of 'space invaders' on her vintage Atari. We're in the realm of Snapchat, Instagram, and TikTok. The digital realm has become a crucial part of our daily lives, from socialising to education, work, and even personal development. It's an unwritten rule that if you fail to keep pace with the latest gadgets, apps, and platforms, you run the risk of being left in the wake of the relentless digital tide. With the demise of once-trendy platforms like Omegle as a stark reminder, we're constantly racing to stay current and relevant. This digital rat race brings a unique set of challenges to our generation. On one hand, technology presents incredible opportunities for learning, creativity and connection. On the other, we face new hurdles, from digital addiction to cyberbullying and privacy concerns. It's a labyrinth that requires constant navigation and adjustment, adding another layer of complexity to the already intricate maze of adolescence and early adulthood. Amid this digital dilemma, it's crucial for us to strike a balance, leveraging the benefits of technology whilst staying mindful of its potential pitfalls.
'Photo's provided by 'Tom Hewitt' an exceptionally talented photographer from Newcastle.'
Wrestling With the Climate Crisis
As part of our generation, we find ourselves in the centre of a raging storm - Climate change. We’re 're all over it like a rash, fighting to save the polar bears and plant more trees than a hyperactive squirrel in autumn. Social justice issues? It's hitting harder than Gemma Collins on 'Dancing on ice'. Political activism? They're diving into it with the fervour of a Labrador chasing a tennis ball. It's a cascade of zeal that's making the establishment belittle the community like an abusive dog owner. Yes, change is being made but not without their figures plunged deep within the substitutes pie. One clear manifestation of this is the 'Just Stop Oil' protesters, whose infamous painting of everything orange has certainly made a statement. Their efforts to highlight the urgency of climate change are commendable, yet their chosen method has polarised public opinion. Painting everything orange does create a visually arresting spectacle, and it has spurred much-needed conversations about climate change. However, the absurdity of this act, runs the risk of trivialising the issue, turning what should be a serious discussion into an area of ridicule. This idiotic tactic can create a rift in public sentiment, potentially undermining the very cause it seeks to promote. Hence, as we wrestle with the climate crisis, we must strive for a balanced approach - one that fosters understanding and collective action, without resorting to gimmicks that may inadvertently dilute the gravity of the situation.
The Polarised Political Landscape
Politics has always been a battleground of opposing views, but today's political landscape seems especially fractious. With every decision that comes out of Parliament, there's a torrent of backlash, particularly from the younger generation who, often, oppose any initiative put forward by the Tories. The 'Fuck the Tories' movement is an embodiment of this sentiment, expressing deep-seated frustration and mistrust of the ruling party. Yet, this dismissive approach raises a pertinent question: are we dismissing policies based on their merit, or simply because they originate from a party we oppose? This polarisation has been attributed to various factors - some point at the impact of a cost-of-living crisis, forcing us to question the effectiveness of the government. Others argue that we're witnessing the emergence of a generation of 'champagne socialists', critical of the status quo, but often from a position of relative comfort and privilege. Whether one, the other, or a combination of both, the hostility and division are palpable, and it's becoming increasingly difficult to hold a civilised political conversation without provoking extreme reactions.
As we navigate this charged political climate, it's crucial to remember that our views and reactions should be informed by the substance of decisions, not just the party that makes them. It's a challenging endeavour but vital if we are to constructively engage with the political landscape and work towards meaningful change.
'Photo's provided by 'Tom Hewitt'.
The Mental Health Conundrum
Discussion surrounding mental health within society has notably intensified recently, influencing a vast demographic. Many suggest the current generation's enhanced self-awareness and comfort with introspection could be central contributors to this increase. This introspection, although essential for personal growth, can potentially descend into damaging over-thinking, initiating mental health difficulties. Concurrently, the controversial subject of the pharmaceutical industry's part in this scenario is a considerable concern. These businesses provide critical drugs to treat mental health conditions, yet rising anxieties about potential over-prescription practices with possible profit motives persist. Manoeuvring through this complex subject requires unrelenting caution. This calls for an exploration not just into the core reasons of our mental health conditions, but also a thorough scrutiny of any potential hidden agendas surrounding suggested treatments.
Grappling with identity and inclusion
The struggle for identity and the innate human desire for inclusion is a pervasive issue within our generation. We grapple with our unique identities, often sacrificing our individual growth to fit into the collective mould. This dangerous dalliance often blinds us to the harm we inflict upon our personal progress. Trends captivate us with their enchanting appeal. They provide a snapshot of society's preferences, mirroring collective dreams or aspirations. These trends can deliver a sense of identity, a feeling of belonging and affirmation. They have a magnetic charm that can spur feelings of unity and inclusion. Conforming to the pulse of prevalent trends gives us an illusory sense of security, a sense of 'belonging'. This era is marked by a surge in identity politics, with individuals often aligning themselves with specific social identities, seeking acceptance and a sense of belonging. However, one can't help but question the correlation between this perceived social identity and one's actual sense of social inclusion. The psychological need to 'fit in' can drive individuals to make life-altering decisions, sometimes leading to drastic outcomes. As someone who hasn't personally experienced this, I acknowledge my limited perspective on the subject. However, it is important to maintain an open dialogue, encouraging individuals to stay true to themselves rather than succumbing to societal pressures for conformity. Our collective aim should be an inclusive society that embraces diversity and nurtures individuality. While also instead of pushing agendas and identities to vulnerable people who struggle to fit.
The potency of independent thought resides within its capacity to innovate, boost creativity, and cultivate personal evolution. Those who harbour an independent mindset should not easily swayed by the allure of dominant trends. We are explorers, navigating the terrain of our minds, driven by an innate compass rather than external influences. Trends are fascinating mirrors of society, reflecting its desires and aspirations. They can offer a sense of belonging and affirmation. However, we must remember not to become mere reflections ourselves.
Food for thought.
Just want to give a huge thanks to Tom (the photographer) for helping me project this piece using his amazing photography. Extremely excited to be working with him in the future.