The Social Imagination

Exploring the Social Imagination

Monday, July 2, 2018

We Have Assurance in the Social Imagination

I read all the time different sociology papers, the fashion for the times theories and or patterns of social behavior... but there is no thing new under the sun. It just looks that way. There have always been reprobates and there have always been capitalists, conquerors, heroes and victims. And, yes borders in the social imagination have enabled that... the good, bad and the ugly of it all. Tearing down borders to avoid the bad or ugly is a misnomer. For in that wide open borderless state is a gray zone so colorless one would be bumping around... invisible.

Oh Solomon would sing ...what makes any of us able to continue to live, breath and survive are assurances that tomorrow will be and it will be a new day even if there is nothing new under the sun. However we may believe or think that tomorrow will be a new day, assurances are here and now are vital. But whose and on what standard are they based? Many set up by man are either too weak or troubled or too smooth to the touch to hang onto or simply invisible.

What or who can provide the necessary assurances that everyone needs in the place where they are? The Word of God, Jesus Christ! For He alone is the absolute truth and works for anyone and everyone in the place where they are. Within their borders, bordered social imagination. With its assurances that those defining boundaries serve a purpose just for them.

'The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being" ~ Acts 17:24-28.

Be Blessed by His Assurance!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

A World Without Borders in the Social Imagination....

Is it possible? Not in the human social imagination...Why?

Because, in order to be recognized as a human being who lives in a place experiencing life: living and working, sharing, loving, laughing, striving, grieving etc. one has to have borders; even in the social imagination. Those borders cause identity: who you are and are not.

People create borders to better moderate their circle of friends, their facebook page and in general their life. They set limits, guidelines, rules and goals. Now, if a person 'individual' does that what about a group of people? Do they create borders in the same way as a group? You bet they do. Is that fair? Its fair to them as they see it being fair. They see it defining who they are and are not and what they want to achieve as a group and they see 'safety in defined numbers'; necessary safety for their family, friends, community and even for their own best interests.

Do people cross borders set by others? Sure they do all the time. Why is that? Because, they want to be in a different place. They choose to be in a different place. They want to be in a different place and they want to be like those people in that place. They see greater safety, greater opportunity and they see a better identity in that place.

Should they follow the rules and or laws of the group/place that they want to integrate into? Sure, because after all they chose to be like them. And, it is to their benefit to know and follow the rules and laws as it will enable their successful integration.

But of course, some non-thinkers, will spout "Can't there just be no borders" as in no rules or laws for integration or assimilation? How could that be let alone work I would say in response? How could one even know who they are and are not or where they are and where they are going without borders? Even those necessary borders in the social imagination which compose who you are and are not; after all, isn't' that where borders begin?

Wouldn't all culture and cultural data be lost? Wouldn't all languages become one and wouldn't all ideas become gray and pointless? Think about it... In order for culture to exist, and for various languages to be spoken and for interesting ideas to be imagined, there has to be differences in the social imagination of groups/societies/countries. So, we accept and or agree that means this thing is not that and this works better here for that reason and this is who I am and that is who you are and I am not.

A world without borders, I can't imagine Not seeing a different face/person on the face of the earth, can you? There is variety because there are borders!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Changing Social Imagination ~ Bumping Around and Not Caring About it!

Why is the social imagination 'social reality' changing?  Because, work is changing due to technology and migrations... And, because of that the meaning in individual lives and families is changing.  But, its really more than just that.  As the need for workers and even executives declines, replaced by technology, fewer people are needed and they are thus seen as becoming useless eaters which do more 'harm' than good as they impact nature taking up space and generating garbage. At least, that is how the elite social imagination sees them.

The change in social imagination - the social reality of the masses is happening now. Let's say, that its being changed. How and by whom is the change being transitioned or who is helping it to come to fruition?  Technology and positions of status and power controlled by elites who control work and money. They use PR campaigns in government bodies, corporations and NGOS; all of which depend upon Social Media and Higher Education to do their part...

Will it be the same kind of social imagination 'social' reality experienced by all or as we used to imagine? Yes and No. Yes, because there is nothing new under the sun and No, because the given norm at least in America for the past 60- 70 years has been the nuclear family (man/woman and 3 kids), a 9-5 job, weekends off and paid vacations; along with private property as the 'American Dream'. That has been going away for awhile now and it is being made to go faster. Only a certain amount of people will be necessary and the rest can just bump around.

I like to call the new social imagination 'social reality' which will be a kind of new world order - "Bumping Around and not Caring about it". There is a shift now in Sociology toward developing 'care policies'; and, that is the first deceptive step toward bumping around not caring about it. How? First we get everyone on board with caring and when it appears that everyone is caring and cared for, we opt for not caring and not caring about the fact that we don't care or that no one really cares. What's to care about if everyone is cared for, right?

Let's look at this from a past form of the same agenda; after all there is nothing new under the sun. Communism of the past century is the best and nearest example. At first, everyone cared, socially engineered to care - to care about the State and things that they never cared about before because what they did not care about had no meaning for them until they were told to care about things that had no meaning for them.

The propaganda aim was this... to get everyone on board with being cared about things that they did not care about, especially the State and other people who cared about the State.  Once it appeared that everyone was caring about everyone through a top down apparatus, the stage was set to pull the carpet out and get people bumping around not caring about it.

Again, the first modus operandi is to get people to love or 'care about' the State because it cares about you and then you can love 'care about' others because they love 'care about' the state as much as you.  Once those at the top see that you care about the State (the), they start a propaganda to get you to collaborate with them to remove caring about anything else that might get you to not care about them and that means to watch out for those who might not be so caring about the State.

Do you see where this is going? Pretty soon, people don't care about caring, they are just bumping around and not caring about it. What will bumping around look like. It will look like it did during the Communist times of 20th century. People not really doing anything but it looks that way. Only this time, it will be much worse, and global. But, surely everyone will be happy because families won't be split up since there won't be any, not like we know them. 

There won't be the kind of intimacy between people as we know it now and there won't be concern for gender of any kind. There won't be any skilled labor or specialization either since that will be taken over by elites and their robots. People will be bumping around passing small courier packages, hard copy information like official notices, fines/tickets, medical waste and body parts, food delivery, and also some small human comforts to be exchanged along the way. 

People will sleep where they end up at the end of the day (no more individual housing), they will share their day with strangers but they won't be strangers really... just people like them doing the same kind of work: bumping around and not caring about it.  There won't be anything to really care about since everyone has been made the same. Evgeny Zamyatin wrote book about this called "WE"!

And, I just so happen to have a helps me to keep tabs on developing events.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Social Imagination Asks ~ Why do we 'Badmouth' people?

Why do people say bad things about other people? Why do we, in the social imagination, badmouth? What does that mean anyway? According to the dictionary definition, it means to drag someone through the mud. It means to defame using certain words that do public harm to someone's character and to do it with malicious intent which means that whatever is being said is not true or not proven to be true.

Well, sadly people badmouth other people to gain attention/money/position for themselves. They want to make themselves look good or better in the public arena than those around them. They do it to sell themselves as righteous or to sell a product that they will benefit from or an agenda that will move them up in social status; and, they can do it even using nice words.

For instance, they can use a 'tag question'. He or she should/could have been nicer to me,  right? That insinuates that someone isn't nice after all. If someone says this in 'mixed company' at the office i.e. then social animosity toward someone has been stirred up unfairly. Women are really keen on this kind of tactic but men are not excluded nor any other gender for that matter. We all do it and for the reasons just given above.

It sounds nice to say, "I think she's lost weight, hasn't she?" That insinuates someone was fatter than they are now. You can insert anything you like to gain attention for yourself. "I think he has put on weight don't you?" In this way, you look thinner just for saying that someone else looks fatter. "I don't think they will get that promotion, do you?" Now you have insulted someone's ability to move up on the career ladder because you think it should have been you.

"They can't afford that house/car/vacation, you know?" Or, "He could have found someone better looking, don't you think?" "We all live and learn, right?" Which really means that you made a mistake not someone else; you point out this 'social pitfall' in order to remind people the world is to blame.

"Why don't you leave him/her?" That means you are judging someone. "Why don't they like what I am doing?" Judging again. "Why can't they leave me alone?" Judging again... And, "If they/you don't like what I do/or how I live, then they should just go away or find someone else." Again, judging!

"I can't stand that man/woman, they are so intolerant"... judging. And, ironically, we think that our judging, virtue signally, is for the 'right' reasons. We think that what we say is for someone's own good so that they will improve, come over to our side and our 'right' thinking, because our social imagination is the right one! Really?

Yes, we badmouth people to make ourselves look better or to make ourselves feel better about the sin we commit... take the log from your own eye before you talk about the stick in someone else's eye [Luke 6:42].

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Post Christian Social Imagination in America???

Is there a post-Christian social imagination in America? That's a good question. Was there ever a Christian social imagination? That's also a good question. Yes, some like to think so and we can check to find out that many European people who came to the 'new world' came with their socio-cultural heritage that of a Judeo-Christian world view.

The earliest of them came seeking religious freedom and certainly they thought of themselves as Christians. If you check the religious affiliations of the signers of the either the Constitution, or the Declaration of Independence, you will see that quite a few of them were Christians or claimed to be.

I told my students that there is nothing new under the sun and man cannot imagine something to be true unless he/she has seen it already at work among others or in nature; especially with regards to migration and adaptation. We cannot imagine something from nothing... ideas just don't pop up out of the thin air... at least not in the social imagination in which we all live including all scientists of soft sciences and even math/physics.

We were not taught this tid bit of history but its historically correct which is that the framers of our Constitution took sound information regarding social contract from the Iroquois 'Six' Nations alliance. Ultimately, the United States Constitution came together, in one remarkable document, ideas from many people and several existing documents, including the Articles of Confederation and Declaration of Independence. Its commonly taught that those who made the most significant intellectual contributions to the Constitution are called the "Founding Fathers" of our country.

Many of the United States Founding Fathers were at the Constitutional Convention, where the Constitution was hammered out and ratified. George Washington, for example, presided over the Convention. James Madison, also present, wrote the document that formed the model for the Constitution. 

Prior to its formation, one can read how the colonists went from one meeting to another, looking for unions they should study, according to the executive director of the New York State Bicentennial Commission, Stephen L. Schechter.

''They contemplated examples from Europe, examples from Greco-Roman times, examples from the Bible,'' he said. ''And they also looked at Native American examples, particularly the Iroquois Confederacy.''

One forum to share ideas between the colonists and the Iroquois, in the years leading to the French and Indian War, was the the Albany Congress between June 19 and July 9, 1754. At the meeting, representatives of the six Indian nations and seven colonies heard Benjamin Franklin. champion the Iroquois example as he presented his Plan of Union.

Point being, there is nothing new under the sun. Ideas come from the social imagination which means they come from a pool of information that is shared over and over.  At the time of the founding of this country, there were plenty of people who considered themselves Christians, and we still use the Bible to 'swear' to tell the truth. We still pledge one nation under God and claim in God we Trust. But, we might think such 'slogans' are just that and tradition.

Many Americans might say that we are becoming a new kind of Christian nation with a new open kind of social imagination whereby the Bible is no longer considered the inerrant Word of God but a 'good' book written by men and in their 'cultural' context excluded women and people of race, and people of differing sexual orientation. And or that the Bible is for the reader's interpretation.

Should anyone be concerned about that? Well, not really. As far as the social imagination goes in a fallen world... there is nothing new under the sun. Yes, Solomon made that statement and he knew well of such things being a wise man. What Christians (past/present/post) should always agree on is that God's ways are not our ways, His thoughts not our thoughts. "You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns." ~ Mark 8:33. "God's voice is glorious in the thunder. We can't even imagine the greatness of his power" ~ Job 37:5.

Final judgement is His call... "For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God" ~ Isaiah 58:2. "He makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them" ~ Job 12:23.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Facination with Royalty and the like.... in the Social Imagination!

First, what is the 'like'? The like refers to American's re-creation of royalty using Hollywood actors/actresses. That is why we accept pairing of a certain prince with a certain Hollywood princess. It seems like the right thing to do, right?  Well, in the American Social Imagination... yes!

In a 2014 article, found in the Observer, one can read a very interesting take on 'Royalty' in the American Social Imagination. It is interesting to read that Americans are fascinated with royalty and that is even strange when  you consider that America was founded on the premise that an individual's good idea and hard work will make them a success story in their own right.  Here are a few excerpts:

A few years ago I debated atheist Richard Dawkins at the University of Toronto at the Idea City convention. He went on about how religion is a lie. There was no proof for God. So why did people insist on perpetuating this lie? He insisted that he had nothing against religion, other than the fact it was not true.

When it was my turn I asked, “Since you’re a British subject, did you ever find scientific evidence that some people are born with blue blood? That royalty is born with a different DNA structure to us mortals? And if not, why do you perpetuate it? Why does the “lie” of religion bother you but not the lie of royalty? Why haven’t you devoted your life and your books to refuting that lie?” There was no response.

Which begs the question: Why are we Americans—for all our history—so fascinated with this stuff? Why did the royal visit dominate the headlines in New York where the American revolution was felt so deeply and which spent much of the war under royalist occupation. Americans back then hated their king and did everything to get rid of him. Now, we go gaga over a royal visit?

Is it a human need to deify humanity? Is it that in an increasingly godless age we all require objects of worship? Or perhaps it has something to do merely with celebrity. The royal family is famous.
Or perhaps in an age of flimsy and ephemeral novelty we have nostalgia for something old, and yet unbroken, and ancient. If I had to guess I would say it’s something different entirely.

The underlying attraction to royalty is the human desire for an effortless life, where all things are magical and where all beauty is innate. A meritocracy has its own rewards. It allows ordinary people to become extraordinary, but it always involves hard work: the entrepreneur who must burn the midnight oil to build his business. The rising politician who must travel around the country begging rich people for money to make his candidacy viable. They are people who are all those things—rich, beautiful, wonderful—without any effort at all. They are angels who live among us.

And royalty is fantasy in the flesh. An impossible, effortless, wealthy, magical existence that seemingly requires no effort or struggle. I get it. And I’m drawn to that world as well. Would it were that all men were princes and all women princesses... a social phenomenon existing in all cultures.

And, how ironic that given the height of our so called humanity in a post modern social imagination whereby we condone the rich... we yet continue to imagine the life of royalty to be a place of absolute heaven. Which suggests that we long for a place called heaven. And, such a heaven is absolute. We long to be back in it. You see, heaven is real as we do imagine it. It is the place where we long to be and find ourselves outside of. It is a place that we yearn to be in rather than this fallen world. So, we try to build it here and now and hand it over to those we think deserve it.

Yes, we put people into the 'heaven' of the social imagination. But, its only a heaven that we have created out of our own feelings of hopelessness in this fallen world. Why do we do that? Because, inside of us, even in this fallen world, is the Truth and the Truth is that we all belong to His 'heavenly' Kingdom where all who believe in the Truth who is Jesus Christ... born, lived and died for our sins  was buried and rose again... and will come again to judge the living and the dead and His Kingdom will have no end!

But, sadly rather tragically, there is one who continues to condemn us to this place...Our battle is against him and perhaps in our desperation to get back to the Truth we try to show him that we do believe in heaven and so we create it here. Rather, its he (Satan) who is trying to create in us a false heaven (devouring the Truth that is within) leading us to believe that this place is our only hope for heaven on earth.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Walking Away from Truth in the Social Imagination...

We live in a culture that is defiant of any notion of truth. "What is truth?" Pilate asked ~ John 18:38.

What is your truth is not my truth... that is pretty much what Pilate meant.  Jesus said, "Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice" and Pilate said, "What is truth"? Sadly that is where are today in this country and other nations that follow our lead. The Spirit of Pilate is alive today in our universities and governments and churches. We live in a culture that is defiant of truth. We are anti-truth. If that is true, we must ask ... what is truth?

People say there is truth in all kinds of ism (s); for instance, culturalism where in we find 'truth' in the cultural data crystallized by traditions and customs.

Surveys show that 36 and older state that there are no moral absolutes. Why is that? Is it really because there is no truth today? Those at the other end of the surveys tell us that morality and truth depend upon individual preference and circumstances. Here is a list of truth ism (s) being applied today.

Humanism says that man is the truth.
Mysticism says that intuition is the truth.
Skepticism says that no one can know the truth.
Hedonism says whatever feels good is the truth.
Secularism says that the present world is the truth.
Relativism says that in each situation there is truth.
Pluralism says that everyone has a piece of the truth.
Existentialism says that self determination is the truth.
Positivism says that whatever man confesses is the truth.
Pragmatism says that whatever works for you is the truth.

Soren Kierkegaard said that there is no truth in the masses. What did he mean by that? It is exactly what Pilate meant. Kierkegaard wrote, "There is a view of life which conceives that where the crowd is, there is also the truth, and that in truth itself there is need of having the crowd on its side. There is another view of life which conceives that wherever there is a crowd there is untruth ...even if every individual, each for himself in private, were to be in possession of the truth, yet in case they were all to get together in a crowd—a crowd to which any decisive significance is attributed, a voting noisy audible crowd—untruth would at once be in evidence." ~ SK

What is truth? Is there any absolute truth that does not entangle us in lies? Yes, it is the way, the life and the truth ~ Jesus Christ. Those outside of the truth of Jesus Christ hold down the truth of God.... they exchange the truth of God for a lie. And, sadly, this is the hour in which we live. We have a culture and society that has exchanged the truth of God for a lie. It is the departure from or walking away from truth that is our demise and fall (as it was) into doubt, error and into the chaos of a very dark social imagination!