The Scream Society And The Common Man — страница 2

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flocked to cities, which grew bigger than ever before. This ?progress? has culminated to our modern-day situation. Currently, our society is a gigantic monster. We have sometimes millions of people in a city, how can we pay attention to any particular one of them? When someone walks down a busy Los Angeles street, obviously no one will even say ?hello.? Each man walks in his individual bubble, oblivious of those around him, aware of those he chooses to be, with cell phone and pager. It is so easy to imagine anyone in our society, the alienated, the disenfranchised, walking into the middle of town square or walking onto the golden gate bridge and screaming his lungs out in frustration. So easily can someone get lost in the shuffle, become just a figure on a tax form, vanish into

the labyrinth of our society, that it happens to thousands of individuals, some of whom resent it and take action. In the popular movie, Fight Club, middle class revolutionary Tyler Durden explains: Fuck damnation. Fuck redemption. We are God’s unwanted children, with no special place and no special attention, and so be it. You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your fucking khakis. You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world. Tyler voices the alienation of the modern man, giving voice to the concerns of a people whose individuality has been forgotten and replaced with a mold that all are expected to fit. There is no more ?town drunk?, ?village

idiot? or ?upright banker?. Man is not judged on who he is anymore, but by what he possesses. If one possesses nothing, then one is nothing. One Size Fits All, Single Serving Only, Not For Individual Retail Sale. Society is so large that a collective identity is established, a norm that everyone seems to follow; it is necessary to drive a car to work, everyone drinks coffee, reads the same paper, follows a major political party, even the rebels are clich?d and expected. (just go to Berkeley) Everything is so silly and pointless, that it isn?t unusual that people just snap from the absurdity. Specific evidence of these claims come from recent happenings, including the Colombine incident, the recent shooting in a German school, the increase in drug use to escape reality, ?going

postal?? the list goes on and on and on. Unlike the man in Munch?s painting, these people are not merely overcome with an incredible fear, they strike out at the world or try to hide from it. Many people fail to realize the toll our nameless, faceless society takes upon some people. It is hard to have nothing going for you, no future, no afterlife, no point. It is impossible to count how many of these people there are, but the more memorable ones we remember. Their senseless acts of violence and rage scar our society to the core, and yet we don?t understand why they do these things? Can society do anything to fix this? When will the individual again matter? Or will we just live on in our self-absorbed collective euphoria? If so, we must be prepared when the drug wears off.