The Unrelenting Society


  1. Not yielding in strength, severity, or determination: “the heat was unrelenting”
  2. (of a person or their behaviour) Not giving way to kindness or compassion.

I am increasingly troubled by the endless expectations for perfection imposed upon people by their social environment. I perceive a long-standing trend of criticism permeating a wide range of our social and cultural influences. It has long been fed to us by advertising, entertainment, newspapers, television, books and radio. But with the growth of social media I am concerned by the impact of this voice entering the innermost circle of our social influences.

Before I write in detail about unrelenting standards and why their emergence in social media is troubling, let me give an example.

A coming social apocalypse?

Following are excerpts from a post I saw distributed on facebook some weeks ago – “These Photos are Proof Albert Einstein was Correct About Technology“:

… It looks as if Albert Einstein was right. Albert Einstein was fearful of the growth of technology and its effect on the human race. Here is Albert Einstein’s quote:

“I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots.”

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