The culture of cancellation is strong today. We all live with a sword of Damocles hanging over our heads: maybe one day, what we have said or done during our lives will be disowned and criticized by those who follow us. Do we have to live with fear in our stomachs to escape a future popular vindication?
The culture of annulment serves to hunt down the representatives of a bygone era and of an old order (patriarchy etc.). The one who holds the power is the one who writes the dominant narrative. The culture of cancellation is a preparation for a power grab. If you prepare the minds, you prepare the ballots.
Being Resilient To The Culture Of Cancellation
Essentially, what can bring you down in the future is acting in an unfair or immoral way, other than those two cases people who will try to cancel you will do so for political reasons and will gossip unfairly about you.
To be resilient and ensure that our name is not sullied in the future, we must act in a manner that is above reproach.
Cultivate Justice And Ethics
Do you eat meat? Is it a conscious choice or are you just a product of the times?
What you will be criticized for, and rightly so, is not asking the right questions and simply being a prisoner of your time. In itself, it is difficult to escape the conditioning of our generation, yet this is the ethical requirement to which we should all submit. Are we moral because we are afraid of the law or because we are sincerely aware of the wrong we could do?
Don’t Be That Slave Trapped In The Time Of Slavery
If you want to survive through the ages, you must emancipate yourself from your time and question everything. It is very difficult to see the injustice that we enjoy. Yet, it is the only way to connect with future generations.
How Do We Know If We Are Living In A Just And Virtuous Way?
Living righteously should be our ultimate quest in life. Righteousness can be defined as a way of life that aims towards the highest moral standards and the greatest good. It is a life of action based on having a moral compass. Ethics and morality are not just abstract concepts, but can be applied to everyday life and serve as a pragmatic guide for us to determine whether something is right or wrong.
So, how can we determine whether something is ethical or not? It is important to note that ethical decision making does not necessarily observe a rule-based system and there is no definitive answer. However, there are some useful guidelines to assess whether something is ethical or not.
Firstly, we should consider the consequences of our decisions. We need to think about our own possible gain or loss, those of the people around us, and the effects on society. We should also consider the intentions behind our choices: do they align with our values or are they potentially self-serving? If a decision would only benefit us while significantly harming others, it would not be considered ethical.
Secondly, we must consider the scope of ethical decision making. Using a moral compass involves much more than just avoiding actively wrong behaviour. It also requires us to encourage positive action and to help others- even if there is no benefit to us. It involves facing ethical dilemmas and looking at all sides of the issue before reaching a conclusion.
Finally, understanding the impact of cultural and social norms on ethical decision making is essential. As humans, we belong to many different communities that shape our perspectives and could be the determining factor when faced with an ethical dilemma.
There is no one single answer for determining whether something is ethical or not, but rather a method to do so using the three guidelines outlined above. By using our moral compass, we can strive to choose the higher, more selfless path and live with integrity. Living righteously should, indeed, be our ultimate quest and an essential part of living an ethical life.