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I think it is potentially very harmful. For example, many people fall into crime because of peer pressure. It isn't as if the people putting you under pressure have sat down and analysed whether their behaviour is likely to reap great rewards. They in turn have either learned it from someone else or it is simply based on biological factors. When you are young, respect and commendation from your peers is like an opiate, and so peer pressure is really just a tool which exploits a lack of intellectual development in the subject.
Helping the community is better in that it increases your chances the help will be reciprocated at some point in the future. However, neither option is ideal because -- thanks to mistakes made by various world leaders -- the individualist perspective still dominates society. Many people view helping the community as socialism and so it kicks off their internal self-defence mechanisms. This is why "social justice warriors" often become a target for Conservative trolls.
Peer pressure has become a big part of our teenager’s lives. Whether they are at school or work, peer pressure can affect their output and even impact their general outlook on life.
All of us, at some point in our lives, have had to deal with peer pressure. The need to follow the crowd and do what majority of us are doing forces us to do things or take up activities which we wouldn’t otherwise. This is especially true for teenagers who are easily influenced by their surroundings or people they socialize with. However, recent studies have shown that peer pressure might have an upside to it; that in certain environments peer pressure can inspire an individual to be a more focused and determined individual. Let’s examine how positive peer pressure works and the impact it has on ones confidence and personality:
Pros of peer pressure
Teenagers tend to follow the crowd. If they are caught in the act of smoking or drinking they cite peer pressure as the main influence behind their actions. It’s a continuous struggle for parents to figure out how to help teenagers deal with peer pressure, especially when they aren’t always around to supervise their activities. What parents fail to understand is that in some instances peer pressure in the right environment can work for the benefit of their child. When a teen makes the right choice under peer pressure doesn’t that count as a plus point?
According to research, if properly harnessed, the same pressure can motivate individuals to stay focused and work hard towards achieving their goals. Positive effects of peer pressure on teenagers are also evident by the example of a student who is motivated to get good grades because his friends are getting good grades – an action that can be attributed to positive peer pressure.
Adopting Good Habits
Positive peer pressure can help you reflect on your actions and amend your ways to become a better individual. Observing others working hard to achieve their goals will definitely encourage you to step up your game and strive towards something positive. When a teen knows that his teammates are practicing hard to become better basketball players then it will directly affect his own performance. He will put in twice the time and energy to raise the level of his game and ensure he has a place on the team. Similarly a kid who knows that his best friend aces English because he regularly reads storybooks will feel compelled to read as well.
Having a group that exerts positive peer pressure can also help you give up bad habits and pick up healthy ones that can shape both your personality and your future. A change in perspective about life and motivation to do well because of pressure from your peers can actually become inspiration in that instance.
This includes things like language. [...] that we can share this aspect of culture in such complex and consistent way indicates that it is remarkably UNabstract.
I disagree. The concept of 'language' is still completely abstract. We can communicate because we have sufficiently similar linguistic habits, but that does not mean we share the same language.
I think beliefs are necessarily individuated and actual whereas culture is necessarily aggregated and abstract
I am unsure about how much I disagree with you about that.
Sure, culture is absolutely aggregated. Absolutely the term culture is an abstract generalization for many varied combinations of shared knowledge beliefs, assumptions, and learned/imitated behaviors.
This includes things like language. Yes, there are variations in how people who speak and write, but it is still the same language. You and I share this abstraction together, yet the fact that we can share this aspect of culture in such complex and consistent way indicates that it is remarkably UNabstract.
I think interacting with your community is a great way to build understanding with people who may be different from you. It can also help you evolve as a person as you have more people to bounce off of personality-, social-, and cultural- wise. Helping the community can help one identify problems in a certain area and get varying ideas on how to resolve them.
If your consciousness can time travel, then so must your body or some other vessel for your consciousness. Since most methods of time travel would entail forces which the human body can't withstand you might have to transmit your consciousness using a vessel which may be impossible without destroying it and producing a mere copy.
Temporal evidence absolutely would be necessary [...] it would have to be considered a possible or likely explanation.
I agree that it would have to be considered a possible or likely explanation (to a reasonable person). I think that's a bit different than your original claim which seemed to claim more certainty than that, but this is a landing point I'd agree with.
I don’t think a huge percentage is required to cause disruption. Admittedly, I won’t be funding a campaign. The success of such an endeavor would rely on social viral phenomenon.
Campaigns still take effort, even if they're using viral social media tactics. I could see some folks thinking the effects would be worth it, though. I'd love to see it play out at someone else's expense. ;)
Given the idea catches on, any data tossed around to support some racial narrative will begin to be met with skepticism. That skepticism undermines the narrative itself.
Why would skepticism about the data undermine the narrative itself? Racial narratives are deeply grounded in a lot of attitudes and beliefs that developed and can maintain themselves quite independently of such data, so the connection isn't obvious to me.
No doubt. However many people are angry about it, there will appear to be even more when watching evening news.
I'm not sure I follow your meaning. Are you saying that there will be more people watching the evening news and thinking about the data (and race generally) than people would be be angry at the subversion? If so, I'm not sure I agree but like before can't really back that up outside my cynicism.
Thanks for the clarification; I'm a bit clearer on your meaning now.
The two underlined portions of the statement are at odds. The first portion is saying that race is relevant, but the second portion is saying that culture is the relevant portion (because belief is part of culture, not race.)
I disagree that belief is a part of culture, because I think beliefs are necessarily individuated and actual whereas culture is necessarily aggregated and abstract.
When I said that adherents to racial thinking act differently than they otherwise would if they did not believe in race, I meant that an individual's beliefs in and about race (uniquely) inform how they act. I don't regard this as a cultural phenomenon, but as an expression of individuals' racial beliefs as they relate to their overall unique cognitive infrastructure.
Near as I can tell your position is that folks are individuals. I was discussing the problems that crop up whenever we discuss race, whether we discuss it as if it is a real thing, or just an abstract construct because the construct is so poorly defined.
That's accurate; my position does regard folks as individuals (and discredits race and culture as real things).
I agree that there are challenges to discussing something like race because the construct is poorly defined (whether it references something real or not, as you say). Are you familiar with Sally Haslanger's work on social identity? Or Natalie Stoljar? I think their ideas are a good starting point for being able to tackle the problems you've drawn attention to (glad to elaborate on their views and my thoughts on them if you're interested!).