Mediocrity in Society

Sunday, May 11, 2008 11:12 AM By Stephen J Christophers


Did you ever see three men milling around a big hole in the road shouting and carrying on, while a short old woman digs out aggregate with a shovel. Or, the uneducated being educated by the uneducated like, “the blind leading the blind”. To get the ball rolling, I would like to introduce you to the sights and sounds of my current residence – China, my current state of social relativity.

China is governed on the basis of socialism, socialism is a paradox from almost all standpoints, and a catalyst for mediocrity in spades. So important is mediocrity, that in fact, it is one of the foundations of China's economic and social ideals. Furthermore, it has one outstanding by product, which is laziness towards all pursuits and endeavours.

Mediocrity by definition: The state or quality of being mediocre; ordinariness as a consequence of being average and not outstanding; a person of second-rate ability or value; "a team of aging second-raters"; "shone among the mediocrities who surrounded him".

Although, socialism is a very complicated set of relationships, it nevertheless, holds the common achievement at a higher regard than those achievements which can be measured by individual greatness; drawing from the parallels between corporate dynamics, big business and further, the baby economy. All foundation stones of the socialist value-set. It is nevertheless, a powerful relative state when it becomes an affliction of the majority.

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