Thoughts on ‘blind rebellion’

Over the years I have become very disgusted with the endless and pointless rebellion of the youth.  To be frank, it has become a boring repetition of the same pointless thing over and over again.  It tends to be ‘blind’ in the respect that it has no real meaning nor does it foster any growth in the person.  This means that ‘blind rebellion’ is a symptom of a problem, as it gets no one anywhere.

There is such a thing as a ‘healthy rebellion‘.  This, to me, is normal.  In the ‘healthy rebellion’ all it is, really, is a tendency to ‘push away’ society.  As we grow up, society is as if pushed ‘in our face’.  We have to go to school, obey our parents, learn this that and the other thing, and such.  There is a point in our growth where we need some ‘alone time’ to help us become someone and get a sense of who we area as a person.  This makes it so we need to ‘push away’ society so it isn’t ‘in our face’.  There are many ways this is done though.  Generally, it is nothing dramatic, just kids wanting to ‘go on their own’.  At other times, it can be quite dramatic, particularly if they have to fight for their ‘alone time’.  In this case, it can appear ‘rebellious’ and involve getting mad and such.

But ‘blind rebellion’ has little to do with this.  It is not a simple ‘pushing away’, nor does it involve trying to be someone.  In fact, a lot of ‘blind rebellion’ ends up adversely effecting the person and causing problems that can last their whole life.  This is why this is so serious.

In general, it seems to me that a lot ‘blind rebellion’ is a form of social maladjustment (which can have many causes).  It, in a way, is like saying “piss on you!”  It seems to me that this is done out of frustration generally.  Most ‘blind rebellion’, in my opinion, is something like a “cry for help”, showing a desire for acceptance and a desire for belonging.  The problem is that it isn’t happening.  Many kids get very frustrated, angry, and mad as a result.  As a result, they rebel to ‘make a point’, at least in their mind.  Typically, though, rebellion does not increase their chances of being accepted or feel belonging.  In fact, ‘blind rebellion’ tends to foster more social maladjustment and an increased inability to fit into societyBecause of this, its like a vicious circle that gets nowhere.  In fact, that’s part of the problem with ‘blind rebellion’, it often starts a snowball effect.  It keeps going and going and gets bigger and bigger.  You start off with a good descent kid and soon you may have something like a drug addicted, alcoholic, tattooed, and cussing criminal with a lot of personal problems who is ‘irretreivable’ to recover.  I’ve seen this many times.

But there seems another aspect to ‘blind rebellion’.  In the U.S. there is a lot of ‘blind rebellion’ . . . in fact, there is too much.  There’s so much of it that I’ve often wondered if it’s some form of a ‘passage of rite’ into the teenage years.  A lot of this rebellion seems unnecessary to me.  Many of these kids, also, don’t seem to have a reason to be rebellious, but yet they behave, act, and have problems that rebellion causes.  As I’ve looked at this it seems to me that the 1960’s has created in the U.S. a “culture of rebellion”.  It has created certain attitudes and behaviours of a rebellious nature that has been made ‘acceptable’.  It’s the “thing to do”.  What this means is that many kids nowadays are “living” the rebellion of a former era, an era they don’t belong to, and so they are rebelling for no reason.  This has a tendency to make rebellion even more ‘blind’.  It means that not only are kids displaying behaviour that does not fit their life situation but they are doing behaviour that was relevent only in a previous era.  It’s like a “living in the past”.  This only furthers, in a way, a sense of alienation.  In some cases, displaying this behaviour may actually force normal kids to be maladjusted.  As a result, they end up justifying a more serious rebellious attitude caused by this maladjustment caused by their behaviour.  In that sense, the rebelliousness was artificially created, so to speak. 

All this suggests there are several types of ‘blind rebellion’:

  1. ‘Blind rebellion’ caused by maladjustment and its frustration.
  2. ‘Blind rebellion’ caused by imitating a former era (namely, that established by the 1960’s).
  3. ‘Blind rebellion’ that was artificially created by imitating the former era too much and suffering the effects of that behaviour.

There are times when I think that the first form is more rare than we think.  I get the impression that most ‘blind rebellion’ is of the later two forms.  In other words, we are dealing with an artificial form of ‘blind rebellion’.  To put it another way, it is a ‘socially induced’ rebellion, created not by the individual but by the society and its historic circumstance.  In that sense, it’s a result of a social problem, not an individuals problem.  It also shows that it is a learned rebellion.  To me, these conditions make this situation look all the more pathetic.  In many ways, this form of ‘blind rebellion’ has become something like a ‘culture of rebellion’, a type of subculture.  Because of this it has developed all sort of justifications, philosophies, and such to justify its behaviour.  I’ve talked to some kids who have almost turned their rebellion into a religion. 

But, regardless of its justification and form, it remains a vicious circle that typically creates problems for the kids overall and will continue to as long as they continue this behaviour.  A lot of rebellious behaviour is directed against society.  When kids put themselves in this position they place themselves in a ‘reality’ and ‘life situation’ where they are against it, opposing it.  Accordingly, society ends up “rebelling”, so to speak, against them.  In effect, by being against society they make society against them.  Under these conditions they will get no help, no support, no belonging, no acceptance.  This is why many people in the ‘rebellious culture’ often stay in a ‘niche’ of people who are like them and, in a sense, they become sort of a family for them.  Basically, because they don’t accept society, it does not accept them, so they end up having to develop their own ‘little society’.  As a result, many of these ‘little societies’ become removed from society in general, only furthering their alienation and non acceptance.

In the end, it seems that most ‘blind rebellion’ is a problem of the person who chooses this path and it is upon their shoulders that the responsiblity rests.  Society, really, can do nothing.  It can help them and do things for them (as I’ve seen it do) but if the person is not willing to quit being rebellious then there is nothing society can do.

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