Learned helplessness or voluntary helplessness?
Unbelievable as it may seem, some Cornish folk have recently mentioned creating protests to get themselves heard. Got me wondering some stuff, like what does it take to make people protest? What leads up to a protest? If people refuse to use their right to protest, can that right be taken away from them? If the incident relating to the protest is commonplace, is the protest legit?
Then we could wonder about the events before the protests. If you earlier refused to protest about something, are you not then giving that something the seal of approval? In a system where you know that those that represent you do not represent you, if they do not know your thoughts then how can they represent you? Are they corrupt simply because you refuse to communicate with them? Do you therefore have the right to protest when you don’t use the resources at your disposal?
In a world full of individuals who are all too eager to curse something they consider unfair, who then refuse to participate in challenging the unfairness, individuals who let the powers- that-be get away with everything, is it any wonder that people around the world see themselves as out of touch with the powers-that-be? They are, elected representatives cannot communicate with their entire electorate, isn’t it therefore the responsability of each individual of the electorate to ensure their voice is heard? Why complain when a power an individual has is taken away when the individual doesn’t use that power?
Basically, while you’re all too busy to complain about something, what are you doing to challenge that something? Would you consider yourself in a position to complain when the instances of events you consider unfair increases?Are the instances of unfairness now in existance simply down to your inaction? There are means of challenging the system legally and peacefully, yet the only answer commonly is to wait for violence, which may never come. Does this not therefore make you voluntarily helpless? One individual may hold almost no power themselves to challenge anything at a state level, yet that one individual holds power when that person is part of a country of millions of individuals, even when those individuals are voluntarily helpless waiting for a could be moment that may never come. Somehow people seem relunctant to address problems with solutions.
Ok I sort of went off track and rambled there.