I have been thinking about social cohesion with respect to my own circumstances. The fact is, I really don’t feel like I am a fully functional part of society. Part of this is probably due to living abroad, a big part of it is because I despise the structure of society and the people in charge but another big part of this is due to my chosen career. I’m going to focus on the career bit for this post. We spend a lot of time at work and it certainly defines us to a significant extent.
A problem with my profession is that I ultimately serve society with some rich cunts taking a cut inbetween. I am an important cog in the machinery of society and I am rewarded with job security and higher than average wages. However, there is something inherently unfullfilling about this. Society isn’t a real being. I have no feelings towards society and even if I did, society would not reciprocate those feelings. I am lacking a human element with regards to my professional interaction with the world around me. My skills are exceptionally important to society as a whole but on an individual basis they are useless. I cannot use my skills to help my family and friends or needy strangers and they don’t really appreciate my contribution to society because my contribution is spread so thinly across society as a whole. This drives a wedge between me and the people who are important. The money I earn is not THAT great and most friends and family would refuse it if I spent it on them. It would lead to awkwardness more than anything else. So the result of this is isolation and a sort of feeling of helplessness.
I am certainly far from alone in this situation. The complexity of modern society demands more and more of these sorts of roles, but I honestly think it is the source of a great deal of unhappiness that is rarely addressed.
What is the solution to this issue. Society appears to demand public servants but the ultimate cost appears to be the alienation of those servants from society.