The Diminishment of Independence


Culture. A collection of ideas and actions shared by a community of people. Culture is, in my opinion, one of the greatest advancements of human beings. Even greater, I feel, are the people who are willing to explore cultures that are different than their own. But what I’m talking about today is not culture as much as it is assimilation. 

We as Americans are becoming a culture of followers, it seems. We are losing our independence. 

We use the same social media, which you probably used to come to this blog. We shop at the same stores. We use the same phones. We watch the same TV. 

I’m seeing a lot less self-determination and a lot more of a herd mentality that I thought human beings abandoned long ago. I don’t want us to be a society of “hipsters,” no, but I do want us to be more than simply the common denominator of humanity. I want us to think for ourselves, and not let the corrupting power of a few smart people define us. 

The world is a complicated interweaving of ideas and knowledge, and if we don’t know how to think for ourselves, I fear that that world will simply fall apart. Think for yourself. Don’t let someone else do it for you. Don’t just take what you get from society or advertising or the media or even preachers. Recover your independence. 



Matthew Estes

Matthew Estes currently exists in the ether between graudate student and full-time worker. One day he hopes to be a full-time novelist and blogger, but until that day comes he spends his time playing video games, eating pizza, and being with his soon-to-be wife. However, he has yet to do all three at the same time. Bucket list stuff, you know.