Sunday, January 8, 2012

You can take "People out of the system, but it's harder to get the system out of the people"

You can take "people out of the system, but it's harder to get the system out of the people".

This was an interesting thought that I came across, and made me think about the general thoughts that people held within a community, particularly when it comes to social change.

As that thought itself made me think about how one individual might be able to free themselves from a particular system - if it isn't doesn't work for them, then they can change themselves. Yet if they try change the system for all, this will prove to be a difficult challenge. Because if people do not see the personal value of change themselves, then they will generally be unwilling to support it. It may be as they may not know of anything better and the question must always be asked - is it truly better for them?

People generally dislike things that are different, and things that require them to change. As being able to understand why things might be different, why they should change is something that needs to be understood. If it's a system they're used to and seem to have everything built around it, why would they want to change? Particularly those benefiting from the way the system works.

Those social movements that are happening now are instances where the system is finding it's way out of the people, and in turn is taking the unwanted people and/or elements out of the system. It seems that educating  and making them feel like they're apart of something is what is bringing the system out of the people.

So what's happening is the system is coming out of the people, and in turn certain people who lead that system are put out of the system. Rather than the other way around. An interesting view into the social changes that is occurring now.