The perfect society only exists in dreams and fiction novels. However, that does not mean we shouldn’t strive to be one. Luckily there are a lot of people that are going against the norm and taking a stand. The zeitgeist, or spirit of the times, is what evaluates a current culture. One part of the zeitgeist is dominating ideals, or what we think is best for everyone and what we are trying to achieve. What I’m talking about how our current lifestyle is not sustainable for the planet, about how
why it is almost expected of people to permanently change their bodies so they can feel beautiful, and about how why people are losing opportunities and their lives due to discrimination. This is not okay, but thankfully there are so many people who are doing the right thing.
Almost every time we log onto social media we are seeing the ideal of environmentalism through people promoting ecofriendly products or lifestyles. It’s amazing that we have countries working together to reduce carbon emissions in order for us to have a cleaner planet. Being more sustainable and ecofriendly is very important for not just the planet, but also us. Eating cleaner and using things such as organic beauty products will help keep us healthier and the planet healthier.
Another dominating ideal is embracing who you are and your body type. Most of society tells us that the “ideal” body type is to be thin, fit, curvy, and simultaneously looking perfect 24/7. We all know that that’s not the reality for most people. Companies are starting campaigns to make women feel better about who they truly are. But we can’t forget about the men too! We should all be embracing who we are and have a positive self-image, so that we can enjoy our life and not be so focused on insecurities. Everyone has insecurities and no one is alone in wanting to be ‘perfect’, but instead, focus on being the best you that you can be.
We are getting better at accepting who you are, but we are still making progress on topics like race, gender, and sexuality. The Blacks Lives Matter movement started in 2012, yet African Americans are still victims of police brutality and racism. Women’s pay in the workplace still is not equal to that of men’s. While marriage rights are now a given, people in the LGBT community face can still face discrimination because of who they love and who they want to be. The ideal of equality is a strong one and many people are fighting for it, but many issues have not yet been resolved.
Luckily, there is a light at the end of this dark tunnel were people every day are challenging society’s current standards. They are even changing every aspect of fashion as they go. Companies are making their products and productions more sustainable and natural, and coming out with “green” apparel items. Apparel and makeup lines are being launched that help to celebrate men and women on being who they are. People have started to buy clothing to support Black Lives Matter and the LGBT community. There is also been a surge of gender neutral fashion to help blur gender lines. Our current society may be full of negativity on the outside, but we cannot forget the people going against the norm to make it a better place for everyone.
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