The majority of people never realize nor use their utmost human potential. They lead very mediocre "lives". One can even state that they are the living dead. They are not really living but merely existing. They work at jobs they hate and live at the most 2-3 paychecks away from poverty and homelessness. They also view life as tolerable at best and a purgatorial experience at worst, waiting for death to release them. They are also imbued with negative consciousness, mindset, mentality, and psychological which they pass on to their children and their children pass on to their children. Only a few people are living the lives of their dreams and desires. What do YOU think?
I think you keep making vast generalizations (which you provide no evidence for) in your questions on HubPages and harbor a very negative outlook of people and civilization!
This is not generalization but fact. Most people (talking about the United States) lead lives of quiet desperation. They follow the dictums and mandates of their families, even though they see such dictums and mandates as totally outmoded, even irrelevant in their lives. Many people follow the religion of their parents although they no longer believe in such religions. They also follow their parents regarding job and career options. They lead grey, monotonous lives, not really being in charge of their lives.
If a child wants to be creative and choose a creative career, many parents discourage such careers as fantastical, telling the child to get a real job. Many parents do not nurture and encourage their children's talents. They teach and inculcate their children according to their particular purview on life. If a parent sees work as arduous, they will indoctrinate their child/children along the same premise. Many parents are not able to teach their children beyond their particular purview. For example, a blue collar parent is not able to teach his/her child about the benefits of having a college education and a professional career because that is not what the blue collar parent knows. Parents cannot educate their children what is not in their particular purview as far as lifestyle options and opportunities go.
Furthermore, many parents want their children to be like them. They are fearful of children who are different than they are for that would destroy their particular family dynamic. The average parent view their children as replicas of them and instill that in their children. They have ideas of what THEY want their children to be and indoctrinate them in that premise. They fail to take into consideration their children's individual wants, dreams, and goals. It takes a progressive parents to encourage and nurture their children's individual talents, dreams, and goals although such may be different from theirs.
Sometimes I feel its not the parents but the educational system. Anything artistic was look upon as a hobby. And not a real career choice when in high school. I feel things are slowly changing now. But when I was in school you had to dig to achieve this goal. In the school system we are taught to follow rules. Making kids set up for mediocre lives. My parents were cool with me following my passion and not following in their foot steps.
Here, here, education is all about the mediocre. It's all about fitting in, even if the fit pinches and chaffs. My experience is that very few people I've met are willing to take the risks involved in following their dreams. Sometimes they project them onto the kids sometimes they hold the kids back. The modern human (Western) aims and goals tie people into becoming wage slaves and mortgage drudges. However, (and here I speak from personal experience,) taking risks in order to fulfill your potential can just highlight the fact that it's difficult to always be content. Being driven can be just as bad as being a Zombie. And you will always be thought of as a weirdo so you have to seek out like minded weirdos' if you want any kind of social interaction.
My philosophy (for what it's worth,) is: if you break from the herd, you'll probably get picked off by an apex predator but at least you'll get to see something other than the next persons backside before your demise.
"They lead grey, monotonous lives, not really being in charge of their lives."
Judgement and bias. Back it up. You are really a preacher in the guise of a scientist.
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