This-essay is a7605251.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %REVOLUTIONARY SUB-CULTURE 760525 Many foolish acts are the result of pressure to prove oneself. Young men, absent a real need for bravery on their part, will play "chicken" in racing their cars directly at each other on the highway. Young women, absent a social need for their physical affection, will seduce a man they don't really love. Society creates expectations and defines what it means to be significant, acceptable, "cool", "in", "proper". Individuals then experience the pressure to conform to expectations of whichever culture or sub-culture means the most to them. The structure of the need to prove oneself is commonly created by the dominant culture. Sub-cultures often accept the structural need to prove oneself, and make only a minor modification to it; redefining the acts which are expected, and which, when performed, admit one into acceptability. Thus most sub-cultures affirm the value- structure of their dominant culture---while disagreeing upon specific values. (Value-structures create the context in which value---judgements are given existential significance.) Thus, dominant cultures and their typical rebellious sub-culture---are usually alike in requiring their members to prove themselves by fulfilling expectations characteristic of the culture/sub-culture. The truly revolutionary sub-cultures are the ones which lift demands that members prove themselves worthy of acceptance, and so are open to all persons regardless of their qualifications. Dominant cultures and their rebellious sub-cultures are likely to reject any such a revolutionary sub-culture- --because it eliminates the basis for the definition of their memberships. Without such a basis---the culture/sub- culture can now know what it stands for, cannot know its identity. Thus, such a revolutionary sub-culture threatens the identity of dominant cultures and of their rebellious sub-cultures. The natural consequence is a combined effort to render impotent any truly revolutionary sub-culture--- through oppression, heresy, institutionalization, and/or indifference (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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