Who is 'society'?

February 04, 2016

I'm forever seeing social media posts consulting 'society' to change and making bold statements such as 'society is wrong', etc. People don't seem to understand the concept of change, and who exactly society is though.
So what is the definition of 'society' then? There are actually multiple definitions, I've chosen the one which seems most relevant to the point I'm trying to make though.

Society (noun)

The body of human beings generally, associated or viewed as members of a community.

Society is us. We are society. Us; the people. When we're suggesting change in society and making observations that 'society is wrong', we're forgetting that we are a part of said society. It is within our power to make change in society and we are fully capable of doing so.
There's no point in sitting back and simply being a social commentator if all you're going to do is complain and point out the wrong in everything. Yes, you're doing a good job of making a point of things not being right, but I'm sure people are capable of thinking for themselves, and you're definitely capable of doing more than what you're doing. Yes, it's nice to hear someone else's viewpoint on things every now and again and it's nice for people to point out problems. What, in my opinion, isn't nice is the fact that these people often sit back and do nothing about these problems. They expect others to take action on them. It's just lazy. But back to the point I'm trying to make, I also find it ironic that people are often blaming problems on 'society' and leaving it at that. Society is us and if we don't like how society works, we can change it by working together as a community.
People also often don't seem to understand that change is possible and if a large enough proportion of 'society' changes its opinions or views, society has changed. Change has been made. It doesn't always stay the same; in fact, it's forever changing. It's not going to be the same all the time unless you have it in your head that it is, because if you're convinced that change isn't possible then that will become true. In our masses, we are the ones making change in society but if we don't think change is possible then it won't happen. It's a fact. If we begin to realise and acknowledge that actually we are the ones capable of creating change for the better, then that will begin to happen and the world will become a much more pleasant place to live in. So why don't we?
It's time we stop just making observations and we start making change. Instead of consulting change in society and pointing out problems in social media posts and then sitting back and waiting for someone to do something about them, be that someone and make that change. Create a better society; a better world. You're capable of doing it, so what are you waiting for? Create campaigns, petitions, fundraising events. Create change.

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  1. I love this post Shay! I often use the word 'society' in my blog posts when referring to various issues. I think it's really important that we (as people creating the content) make it clear that we are talking about everyone, the people (including us) when talking about society, instead of treating it like some invisible force of evil.

    I love how you mentioned social media as well. I think that social media and other platforms like blogs / YouTube are brilliant for spreading a message about an issue or something that needs changing, but it's got to be with the intent of acting upon that message. You can spend all day sitting on Twitter arguing about something, but will that change anything, probably not. Social media is all about inspiration, and it's up to people to turn that inspiration into motivation and actually do something about it!

    Anyway, keep up the amazing work Shay, I look forward to reading more posts from you!

    Sarah :)


    1. Thanks for the feedback! It's nice to know that someone understands where I'm coming from with this post as I was worried about it coming across as a load of nonsense!