“If what is termed to be a social construct is never defined by who we are, then what are we? Is it not true that society is merely a reflection of who we are, not that who we are is a reflection of society?”– Anonymous
In all that we are, we can only create so much. We cannot create something else than what we are. What we are, has already been decided, at birth. What we can become, is nothing more than the reflection. It is instead what we can do for others, and in those people’s judgement of our deeds, that defines our pride or shame. We cannot simply be proud of ourselves, if not taking action. One appears as a figurehead, forever showing off no skill, if wanting to be appreciated simply for their existence. We may as well be in the admiration of the lifeless stone, if one does not move. Perhaps this is the reason why we admire literal rocks on a pedestal, when we call such things “art”.
What we create in the world, is life. What we do for others, is preserve their life, in the selflessness that comes through with sacrifice.
What we cannot create, is what we already are, decided at birth. Once more, what we do for others, develops what we can be proud for. It is why a deed raises tall in remembrance of it. It is why a person’s identity or the badge they wear is always a burden, because everyone at that moment comprehends the pain of a beginning. It is the beginning of someone else’s beginning, in the ending of their pain. It has all occurred in the preservation of that person’s existence.
Is a person in today’s time who is so proud of their heritage, not in the realization of the bloodshed it took to create that heritage’s civilizations, and to preserve them? When an invader strikes, what do people protect? They protect the most vulnerable things they’ve ever seen. That is the preservation. Such people of those ancient “identities” were proud of another’s preservation, not in their own flesh. They were never selfish. Every heritage has always grown through external preservation, not internal. Such people who do otherwise, deserve the shame they always receive.
Society is a construct of what we are, not that we are a construct of society. We create our own Hell, to comprehend what comes from the realization of negligence. It is the reason for the impoverished who exist, who were never preserved.
To blame society is to never look at oneself, for the negligence to do well unto others. What comes of this is blatant selfishness.