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Perception of Our Institutionalized Society

One way or another we are all under the gripping grasp of some infrastructure that tries to regulate society in some type of way. In general you can see this is to keep order in society, but power can be a very alternating thing making people take a different course of action or thought. Countries from all over have some sort of way to try and institutionalize their society but here in America its a little different. Our government has been established and functioning for hundred of years, and as society has changed and evolved so has the government. The longer our government here in America has existed the deeper its roots grow in our daily social lives and this applies for all citizens. Its a grand strategy and to a certain extent almost necessary to keep society in order and in control.

Through every generation ever since its establishment our government has had to in some way be able to insert the idea of the American Image or Ideology. Since our government has been around so long and has been able to implant itself deeper, and deeper into society this obviously makes it a lot harder and complicated to resist or change the institution per say. We have grown more and more reliant on the government for our survival and existence today to the point of where we would have absolutely no societal structure whatsoever. The purpose of government when it started one can say was way more simplistic then today. Obviously with technology and the modern age there’s no doubt that there was a mandatory need for it to change in some ways, but have the basis ideas and structure of government change? Do we actually have these moralistic views as an American society that’s been supposedly embodied in us as a nation since its birth? We all like to believe this at first or still do but when we start to look back on everything that goes on in this country, one can’t help but to think of how great of an illusion that has been created in front of our very eyes.

 

In the beginning we are taught very young about the roots of our country and democracy, and if you went to school in America and paid somewhat attention you know what im talking about. One of the classes at my campus was called Teaching in a Democratic society. I don’t think its a coincidence that people who want to become educators in this country have to to take a course titled this. A institution to even be sustained in society must be able to have support and what better way to get that then installing a certain image and ideas of your country to the youth who can absorb this information like sponges and develop some sense of Nationalism. From then on up your faced with many different aspects that can sway you in different political directions. It always seems to be more about whose on whose side. The title of Republican or Democrat matter to much to citizens today as this helps create a scapegoat in some sense for each side. Both are obviously opponents and opposites but yet they still are able to run and manage our country and its foreign affairs as a whole. Even though different states can tend to favor one party over another, and state governments all run differently with different parties controlling each state it hasn’t seemed to effect the way our institution has slowly over hundreds of years has gained more power on the national basis no matter what party is the majority in either branch.

 

No one needs to look further for a pattern or some sort of reasoning for this occurrence.¬† A simple theory here can reveal maybe as to why that’s true. People who are in power want to stay in power, you can’t sit there and point the finger though for the fact that if you were in their shoes and you had this wide range of influence and power over the way our country is ran you probably wouldn’t want to give that up once you have it. If your part of this institution you will obviously want to maintain a firm grasp on the control of society, and the longer this proceeds then the longer and more difficult it could make a revolt or some type of major institutional change. Even if citizens were to know and want a change they pretty much can’t for the fact that we just vote on a representative for our country. We the citizens don’t actually control the way this nation is headed if the government wants to head in a certain direction they will. The Government has accumulated so much power that we as a society have grown comfortable with the institution and the way things are.

 

With reliability comes comfort and with comfort comes a sense of security. The government must be able to protect us from us which they have done I mean we do have laws and law enforcement that keep citizens protected and that’s a main concern because if you want to have power you must have stability most importantly within your own borders first and foremost. Then comes the second basic principle for a government to protect us from them. With a wide range of conflicts throughout our countries history their is this image that has been created that we the country of the United States are the ” good guys”. Which is funny to think about considering not every war is fought off the principle idea of good vs evil. In a world with all different countries and institutions planted all over the gl0be countries especially with today’s technology want to have a sense of advantage or leeway in power compared to other countries. In a country as established and powerful as the United States you would be blind to think that we don’t have our hand in the cookie jar as a matter of fact lets scratch that we have our whole entire arm in the cookie jar. Just look at all the damn conflicts WW1, WW2, Korean War, Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis, Cold War, Vietnam War, Lebanon Conflict, Gulf War, War in Iraq, and the War in Afghanistan. That’s not even all the conflicts especially if you include our countries entire history. This world isn’t a fight for good and bad its about power in the international system and benefits for your country. As citizens we have been given this image of u being a good guy and savior and protector from the bullies but its simply not true. Institutionalization at its finest, look and see how many military bases we have all around this world. The United States should be the last country to blame another for interfering with a countries sovereignty for we have done so countless times. Yet we are given this image 0f something completely different and far from the actual truth yet there’s this illusion.

 

Lastly the main principle of our Government is to create means for a flourishing society. This can be easily said as the most easy to be proved by far. Here in the United States we hear about our economy and the problems but yet we’re the richest society the world has ever seen. In a society where it seems like everyone has an i-phone its hard to say that we are actually suffering economically as a society. Now things may seem to have been at a decline but the fact is the United States is first in overall GDP and our defense budget is more then the next couple top countries that follow us combine. You can throw in the fact that we have a huge income disperse and not enough equality spreading to the lower levels of income in this country but at the end of the day the United States is by far the richest country in the world, and this has helped create a flourishing environment. Being one of the worlds biggest populations, geographic land masses, economies, and military forces its just hard to put an argument that we aren’t a rich society. If society is becoming rich then why would our government institution change their ways or actions? They wouldn’t with money comes power, and if you don’t believe that then your living in your own imagination completely blind to the realm of society. If the rich keep becoming rich then it makes no sense for anything to change in our institution especially if the rich are the ones in the institution or influencing it! Our country is so implanted with rich politicians that its been stabilized by the rich for years. Look at tax brackets for incomes it doesn’t make sense the top percent aren’t paying more than the average. We have rich men like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet saying themselves that they should be taxed more by the government. Nothing changes though about this I mean is this just a coincidence that even if the average citizens know all this and complain about it nothing changes even when elections come. Society does nothing and that reason is because we are institutionalized. We are tamed, accustomed, and taught that this is how a society works. These images or ideas only become more and more acceptable as times goes on, for our institution has been keeping and running it this way so they can keep it that way.

 

Through our countries history the process of institutionalization has become more and more relevant in our daily lives. To a certain extent it is necessary to do this to a society it wouldn’t be able to function. You can see this problem in countries that are less stabilized as us, as most countries haven’t had a government that has existed, and been stabilized like the U.S.. You can even see this pattern in most countries within the Western hemisphere, and you can also see how their societies seem much more rich in a lot of ways compared to a lot of countries to the East. With a society grouped as one, and actually being the powering source in this process that makes our institution able to run efficiently you create something called a society. A society that functions all under one system whether you like it or not you have been condone to this, and whether you realize it or not in some way we are all institutionalized in some way. The only way for a society to last is for it to be on the same operating page performing the functions and actions that have been set by it. The longer an institution is in place the easier, and easier it starts to become to have a society under your control. You can’t say your not institutionalized as you more then likely pay taxes, work, follow the law, vote, go to school, etc…. For comfort and security we have given up a bit of individuality and freedom so that the government can run its establishment. Government subsidies have put a hook into our society for we can not function without the government anymore. Imagine no government, you would have no protection from us ( citizens in country), them ( invading countries), or a flourishing society. For so long our government has provided all these to such an extreme over hundreds of years that we as a society are use to it. We are use to the government handling these problems, and running things a certain way. You may not like it but you, or anyone else has done nothing to change it, so you can complain all you want but just remember when your complaining that your only complaining and not doing something drastic to prove your point or make a stance because you know there can and will be consequences so therefor we are all institutionalized.

 

Looking all over the world though you can see that we aren’t the only society to be so institutionalized. Even countries with more dictatorial rule, have institutionalized their society and even if the people protest, or try to fight their is consequences and the citizens know that so the institution doesn’t change. North Korea, Russia, China, and some Middle Eastern countries are some examples. Killing, imprisoning, and torturing are some more extreme and common measures these countries have taken in the past to establish their institution, and its leaders. Hitler is a great example of an extreme leader taking institutionalization to a extreme level. Brainwashing his citizens with a constant message of the Jews and how they are at fault. It worked I mean look at WW2 , and look how Germany followed Hitlers rule. They even burned books, and what better way to have¬† society follow and believe in what your doing if you block any outside influence from coming in, only having your information and influence to follow and believe. This can be seen done in North Korea as its leader has gained total control over its society, and the citizens themselves treat him as if he was a king because if not then you get killed. China even has been seen blocking certain websites from their country keeping certain information out of its society. Institutionalization can be used forcefully as we see from the countries mentioned earlier. The reason why these countries have took such drastic measures on their society is so they can stay around. If the leaders feel as if the infrastructure of their institution is being threatened in some way shape or form, then action will be taken. People in power do not want to lose power and that’s just the simple fact so institutionalization is an important tool to use to stay in power, some cases are just more extreme than others but it still comes down to institutionalization.

Institutionalization isn’t necessarily a bad thing thing. Like I’ve said before to a certain extent it is necessary to have your society on the side of the system itself in support of it. Even after awhile if support starts to go on the decline it doesn’t hurt the institution that much as society has now became dependent on the institution. We now expect the government to provide us certain subsidies, and other things and this is because of the process of institutionalization. The government wants this for it sinks the hook deeper into societies mouth as the government has become more involved in our daily lives. We as a society have gladly taken the bait, as what fish wouldn’t take the easy to grab looking worm then going out to find its own food. This has reached to the point where the so called fish (society) can’t go on its own to find food it just sits and wait for the bait. We as a society are all guilty of this but the faster we can actually acknowledge this the better. Relying on something to heavily is never good, and this is where we have to see what we as a society will do in the future. Will we the people of the United States finally see and acknowledge this is an illusion set by the institution purposely and take a stand for our individuality as a whole? Only time will tell but if things keep going the way they are I can already tell you the hook will just sink in deeper, so ask yourself do you really want that to happen?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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