We Live In Society For Now

To give context to tone, the phrase “we live in a society” has become a parody of the pseudo-deep discourse on the state of civilization; these are the posts that either condemn our technological advancements or make surface deep observations on sociology. The earliest iteration of this meme originated in early 2018 of May 12th on Twitter by the user @660th. They posted an image of Micky Mouse underneath positive social media reactions next to an image of a detailed illustration of a mouse, which has received no reactions. They captioned the image “We live in a society.” The meme has since been spread with the caption used to be ironically “woke”. Now that you know that useless bit of trivia, I can now proceed to contribute to the pile of shallow commentary in hopes that my opinion piece somehow sinks beneath the surface.

The meme has become a source of irony for the multitude of sociocultural flaws that exist today, but if we take a step further back beyond the irony, you may see that what started out as a fun jab at the homeless guy by your 7-Eleven spouting things about the end of the world or political conspiracies, or even your grandparent complaining about how this generation is consumed by social media while posting about it on Facebook, is now in fact your neighbor or your co-worker. Although the precise topic may vary with each dialogue, it’s without a doubt that fear-mongering has become more than a media tactic, but rather everyday conversation. I ask the question, why? Why is it that people have more to complain about society than ever before? Is it that there is some validity to their criticisms, their fears? Is it that social media has given a platform for these otherwise not just unheard, but disorganized opinions now able to rally behind one another into an echo chamber?

Despite what the answers to these questions may be, however different they are, it cannot be denied that there is an unspoken general consensus to society’s current form; it’s crumbling and even worse is what claims of subterfuge may otherwise be scoffed at have now been proven a possibility as we learn more of history through current events. These fears are pathological but valid. An empire doesn’t fall fastest by its enemies, but by its people, and that’s what we are seeing today.

– Martin Reynolds