Exploring the Social Imagination

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Corrupt Social Imagination ~ Observations

Firstly, this is a fallen world. So, the social imagination is corrupt. That is why, if there is a lack tolerance for other social imaginations, remember it goes both ways (my social imagination vs. yours), then conflict will always be part of this fallen world. Exactly, no matter how right your social imagination thinks it is.

Ultimately, a lack of tolerance for others whether you are the bully or being bullied, or even the lack of tolerance for the bully coupled by the fear of being bullied, is a direct lack of the social imagination perceiving and accepting an established absolute higher source of information in the social imagination ~ like God.

For in such an absolute, there is no fear, there is no corrupt information. In such an absolute, one finds the source of all strength, goodness and fairness. So, the bully doesn't bully and the bullied are not afraid; actually there wouldn't be any bully. But, since this culture 'social imagination' is corrupt it has the tendency to embrace the self 'man' above all else and each man 'person' is an island unto him/herself and somehow perceived as 'alone' and thus fearful.

When one such person becomes fearful, they start flaying about as if drowning.  They latch onto anything that will keep them afloat, any device or thing that promises to save them. It can be another person, it can be a state as in government, it can be a thing as in education or a car, a house a job, a place as in a community or even church, or even a behavior that provides some sort of comfort.

Alas, they discover that there are so many fearful individuals in those places looking for the same thing there sets in a panic realizing that they are just a number; and, they lose sight of any purpose to love their fellow man as they love themselves. How could they given their idea that each man is his/her own island of information and thus distinctly 'alien'. Therefore, their corrupted social imaginations cling to threads of corrupted information, false promises. Finally, they conclude that they can find nothing in themselves that is or could be absolutely true for someone else and thus they fall down a black hole.

They look for way out. Take institutional higher education. I just read that after 3 years of attending '...' college a person can have a bachelors degree in something and be on their way to the good life. Who is kidding who??? In 3 years, it will be a brand new world at the rate technology changes. It is a brand new world already because today's technology is changing the face of every industry.  Likely, whatever a person was studying will be outmoded or gone and replaced by technology. How is this an observation of corrupt social imagination?

It is representative, firstly based on the above that posits things orchestrated by man offer false hope and or false promise. There are more people that have become 'super' successful without institutionalized higher education. How is that possible? Man is not just an animal. He was created in the image of God and thus has incredible potential within. His instructions are in the Bible and he is told that he can move mountains. But, some will say that technology is straight out of man's 'social' imagination. It is but one that is corrupt as there is less and less evidence that the social imagination considers the absolute ~ God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, of all things seen and unseen.

Some will argue that makes no sense in the post modern social imagination which will take man to new heights, new places and eternal life. Really? Everyone in the world??? Who will afford this? Is man so giving and loving? Not the enlightened relativistic man. He/she is about recognition, as in affluent position. In that, they define what is right, they demand man conforms, they demand that they have the solutions. Man is his/her own end and if you don't get the idea that you 'everyone' are/is everything, you are the entire universe, you deserve to be ended. They suddenly realize that given that there must be a way to control all those that embrace such thinking because it could get out of hand... and it should be fair.

They whittle away who is deserving of their being everything. Wouldn't everyone have the same power? Not in this fallen world. Thus, those with power and authority will call the shots as they do now. They are building the world, the one they want for themselves.

So, is there a non corrupt social imagination? That is a good question. No! Because this is a fallen world. So, what is the alternative, the solution? Well, its not man. He is no absolute, no ultimate source of all fairness and goodness. There is only one absolute ~ God who is Jesus Christ, He was in the beginning and He is!

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