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Society A.K.A The Destroyer

November 27, 2009

Society; it has been said that it shapes humanity, that it makes us who we are. Without it we would be barbaric.

Could it be that it’s in fact the opposite? Has society shaped our views, made us far from what we should and would be? Society may be the force that makes us all too similar in the end.

The question of whether Carroll was “high” while writing Alice’s adventures has risen many times. It bugs me a little bit that if someone has an odd sense of imagination that it’s considered too odd to be real. Carroll liked spending time with girls younger than him, which is peculiar but maybe he had a clue. He may have known that society wouldn’t accept his different ideas or views. He may have known that children with no expectations or strong views, kids that accept things for what they are and don’t ask questions would be a company worth spending time with. Can you blame someone for wanting to tell their beliefs to a younger audience? They don’t question your authority, or thoughts, they take you as you are and make no assumptions.

Could Carroll have written this story as proof of how society’s mind works?

He intended for it to be a light, childish story and knew that people would ask upon its reasoning because of how strange it is. This could have been a connection to society in that people see something odd and can’t take it for what it is, there has to a reason behind it. Something can’t just be odd and that’s the end of it. It’s like society has ruined our sense of imagination. Anything that’s not normal is not right. Different can occasionally be seen as wrong and that’s unfortunate. We say that we’re all created equal and we’re all different, but it feels like anything too far from ordinary is unacceptable in certain circumstances.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 3, 2009 9:13 pm

    So if you put Michael Jackson in the place of Carroll in your post, what reaction do you think your fellow students would have with your view? Would it be as agreeable to them? Would they be as sympathetic to Carroll jumping in to defend him?

    We live in a media rich time where our views on people we have never met are built by people we have never met. Being aware of that will help you be a better person in general. This post shows that you are at least thinking about those things, and that says a lot about who you are.

    • December 18, 2009 10:23 am

      What an interesting analogy…I wish one of the students had come back and responded to your question!!!

  2. Gabriella B. permalink
    December 1, 2009 1:12 pm

    I liked your comment on the impressionable minds of children. And I completely agree. Humans are conditioned to believe, to accept what we are accustomed to and anything else is outlandish. I believe these beliefs are instilled as we grow. It’s a rather frightening thought isn’t it? Society has corrupted us. So maybe only those who are the outcasts of society can see, can understand this painful truth.

  3. Gage L. permalink
    November 30, 2009 5:58 pm

    Nicely put Caroline. I could not agree with this post more, everytime someone criticizes another person for being different it makes me very angery. I notice this all the time and it makes sense to me why Carroll would want a younger audience. Maybe as a young adult Carroll was judged by his fellow generation, making him find comfort in the younger audience. I do not believe you can judge something because it is not equal or the same as something you have. But yes i am affraid that is how it is going to be thanks to the development of our society today.

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