Society changes a person. And it does with a precision of a surgeon.
One of the ways society does this is through labeling. It feeds through your fear of society’s criticism. It loves to put a tag on you. A stamp of approval or rejection. A sticker to mark whether you belong or not. If you are a part of this society, you are a walking example of its checklist – some part of you accepted, some part broken, rejected.
There is a risk in being who you are. Being yourself in this society. For the society has its own mold. Its own framework. That beats you, building and rebuilding you, etching out its own form of you. Its own little version of you.
You are how this society defines you. This is how society changes a person.
It doesn’t matter what you do, how much you do. Whether you do it at the cost of your life, your passion, your dreams. You can never satisfy its hunger. Its hunger for a piece of you. A pound of your flesh.
If you are quiet then you’re bored. You’re depressed. You’re uptight. You’re lost. And, if you talk too much, then you’re showing off. Pretending. Trying too hard.
You’re always a little off, a little short on how you should be. This is this society’s truth. This is how society changes a person. And this will never change.
For it doesn’t care for your backstory. The mother who is fighting cancer. The father who is sweating it out in the office full of politics. The sister who is fighting off a bout of depression following a breakup. All these are immaterial for it. All these are mere details.
It is your life. These are your problems.
When society can’t read your life, it writes its own story for you. It paints its own colors. Its own songs. Its own melodies. And it will do this, again and again. Breaking you inch by inch. Day by day. Until it is done with you, has its share of fun, has squeezed its share of life out of you, a bit of fight, a bit of resistance, before writing, in the end, a little obituary for what little you have been, what little you could be.
So, if you want to do a justice with yourself – beware of society. Beware of its ‘so-called’ truths.
. . .
Picture Credit: Mike Wilson, Unsplash