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    The Definition of Societal Success and the Human Discord

    What is the definition of success? This can be answered in differing ways, whether one wants to respond with a literal definition or describe it in more figuratively philosophical terms, and can also depend on whether one is defining success in terms of the individual, group, or society. Success therefore becomes largely circumstantial and subjective, but we as a people all understand that each person wants to achieve it. Perhaps some prize the individual successes over that of the society, and perhaps some want to further the success of a certain group over that of another differing group. None of these desires are inherently wrong, but over time, society, by and large, has come to a consensus in recent years that some successes are deemed much more important than others, and even some successes have become blatantly demonized. One may ask; under what situations do success and drive become scrutinized and penalized, and in some cases asked to apologize?

    Imagination has played a key role when it comes to success; but in all importance, doesn’t it just become a massive distraction? The “American Dream” insists that anyone has the ability to succeed if they just work hard enough and apply themselves, but that is why we have to limit people’s imagination. After all, we do need some people to “succeed” at mopping floors, picking up garbage, and taking care of the house. The only shift in the drives for these individuals is that they must focus on the success of making it through the day, and not really worry about the long term success of their overall life.

    We can’t all be entrepreneurs and inventors; in all likelihood, everything that has had any significant point in prevailing has already come into existence at this time. If something was essential, then it would exist today, and if for some reason that it could not survive up until this very point in time, then it was obviously obsolete. So what is the meaning of life at this point if one believes that all that will ever be accomplished has been accomplished (most likely by someone who is much more important and more thoroughly fulfilled and successful than yourself)?

    This is where that wonderfully lovely quote from Karl Marx comes into play, “Religion is the opiate of the masses.” Those that have been underfoot and oppressed have continually been encouraged to remain passive and have been placated by many hierarchical powers, most commonly religion and government. The oppressed population has quickly learned that to aspire to harmony within society, one must recognize and be satisfied with their place; thereby defining their success by the role that they play in society. I believe we can all agree that this has worked well for dealing with those that tend to feel that they are most under attack. The difficulty begins when there are those who want to encourage others to dismantle society’s success through individual recognition. This typically arises from the arbitrary belief that there should be more shared availability at the head of societal hierarchy and that it is through oppression that they have been denied these spots.

    I ask of you, what is it to be oppressed? It is a word given a negative connotation by those who do not feel as though their voices have been heard, but believe me, the voices of women, gays, blacks, and whatever else you may want to lump together in this category, have been heard all too clearly and distinctly. How can a group say that it is oppressed when it has an entire month dedicated to the achievements of their race? When we have courses that are specifically geared towards the achievements of women? When all of these “others” have their own genre of literature and film and television channels? How can any of them claim that they do not have a voice?

    The fact of the matter is that all of these voices become so loud and gratuitously monopolize so much of the television screen and printed page that we are no longer hearing the voices of those that they demonize. The only reason that they lack the available places at the top of the hierarchy is because of the determination to act as an individual once one reaches the top. Typically because these groups are new and unstable, they are unable to remain a cohesive unit and ultimately fall victim to individual desires and drives. The success of the individual quickly undermines the group which has all worked together with the belief that they would each receive an equal share.

    I want to take some time to talk to you about the downtrodden, these forgotten men, or dare I say, Heroes. Society has shunned them at every turn and never misses an opportunity to demonize them. These men are constantly under scrutiny for their tireless and selfless work; and they are constantly asked to give more of themselves. We should begin to consider accommodating these truly unheard voices.

    I ask all of you to consider the most persecuted and attacked within our modern day society, and yes, we have all come to recognize the same group of people. I ask you now to look at the person to your right and then look at the person to your left, statistically, both of the people that you have just looked at fall into this category (in fact, most likely you fall into this category as well). But don’t you see, because there are so many within this group, the individuals lose their identity and begin to blend into one solid mass lacking any important distinctions. So I ask you, is there anyone in the world more persecuted than white men? Not just white men, but Christian white men? Not just Christian white men, but heterosexual, Christian, white men? Is there anyone more persecuted than heterosexual, Christian, white men? Not according to them. After all, they must constantly be under threat, how else could one justify just how defensive they are?

    They are constantly at war for their demure, solemn religious freedom; forced to give up wishing a “Merry Christmas,” replaced by a generic, hollow sounding “Happy Holidays.” Now to give up their Easter eggs as well; instead, now, being replaced by “springtime ovals.” Must we now order our “ovals” sunny side up, Benedict, or fried? I dread the day I have to ask for, “Oval whites only, please.”

    Where is the Anglo-Saxon history month? The courses dedicated to the specific achievements to men throughout history? There is the “It Gets Better” campaign dedicated towards the LGBT youth, but where is the encouragement for the heterosexual youth? Where may I ask is the “Keep on Being Normal, Your Parents Love You” campaign to remind heterosexual teens of their own unique importance?

    The “American Dream” seems to have forgotten about the individuals who built up this country with Christian hearts and masculine strength; instead, there is the constant message of women or minorities being the future of America. This was a Godless, barren land when the first “Americans” came to seek freedom from persecution, but now the persecution against these very men has begun again after allowing the “others” to follow them to a new land. With nowhere else to go, how can we blame them for barricading themselves behind security gates, suburban, planned communities, and high rises, all the while trying to contain and separate their own of utopia on the other side of the tracks and highways. Who may I ask would not do the very same?

    We are sold the ideals that life is a competition, and that there is only so much success, only so much money, and only so much respect available. For one to achieve any of these goals, one must trample those around him who compete at the same veracity. After all, there is only so much room available at the top. The only crime that these victimized men have committed is just having the wherewithal to realize it first. And so I must ask you, do you teach your children that being first is any kind of crime and something that one should apologize for?

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