How Redundant Advice Hints a Society of Intellectual Vacuum
We have heard of those redundant, obvious, useless advice of yoga, exercising, breathing, positive thinking, diet and meditation ad nauseam. While those may provide temporary relief for depression, but it is never enough — not even the least when it comes to the daily grind that will eventually wear us off, else why are we even discussing? We could have stopped talking about it. The internet is flooded with the redundant.
The question is why do these redundant, useless advice repeatedly flood the media and echo through the social network? The answer is least than expected and less often discussed. People want to believe the answer is simple and easy. How relieving it would be if they are. And they want to be told that they can do it, and because they are all too special. Just turn on a motivational video, and you are enough. Just pop a pill and your problem is over. It is the same why positive thinking is so popular. People just want to think things into reality with no demand of effort. It is hiding and yet hinting a common escapist delusion. The sad part is when the sleep is disturbed, the person broken from his dream gets very angry. Why shouldn’t he not? The peace is robbed from him.
Waking one person, you suffer his retribution. Waking a crowd, who shares the delusion, it is almost certain death. Collectively, they have collected an arsenal of weaponized keywords against you like ‘toxic people’, ‘internet trolls’, ‘negative minded people’, etc. They will continuing dismiss you and return to their comfort zone, and continue to tout the same advice.
Subconsciously and collectively, we all knew it. The more we repeat and loudly we get, if we repeat the lies often enough, they become the truth. Now that the solution is universally accepted and even the scientific fields is doubling the efforts, why should anyone continue to look further? No one even realized that the researchers come with the similar motives and sometimes they even come with the ethnic pride that the method was started by their ethnic traditions or just personal beliefs as they themselves have investing similar emotional energy in them. How could that be such a coincidence we ask. Yet, the common people are too willing and all too happy to take it as a fact. They are scientists, and even better still — our beloved celebrities. They have all confirmed the beliefs, no matter if they are really — actually the same group of people with confirmation bias, except with degrees and a white coat, or glittering with fine suits and luxurious furs of stardom, that yet never changes the same mindset, embedded by traditions by birth, or prejudices by social conditioning. The thinking stops and the intellectualism is sentenced to an untrialed death.
The reason why people don’t improve …
Article A: states banality, receives warm welcome and high acceptance as it is familiar, and requires no change to the reader. Everyone pretends that they learn something new, or as if it is some form of fresh revelation.
Article B: states non-obvious methods, and is ignored by people. It is rejected with the reason “I can’t understand” as a pretext for “I can’t accept” or “it requires me to change”. Where possible, people may even find ways to invalidate it in order to justify their status quo and unprogressive mindset.