Is it normal that i utterly despise modern society?
(You can read about it in my bio (profile))
Ok I get it that this looks like another 14-year-old being all smart, but I think it’s different because I had some experience that lead me to this from other points of view.
This is a long-read for this, I think.
Well, I was quite a stupid liberal when I was really young and after that I became conservative, but I still supported capitalism and industrial society, but then it struck me that this is all wrong.
So I started with something I call axiological elitarianism. It is a concept I came up with (probably not very original) that states that it’s more valuable for us to have large amounts of resources to be concentrated in the hands of evolutionally superior people (they have to be smart because you couldn’t achieve much with sheer muscle strength in Roman Empire for example; also it hugely depends on the genes). It is because my main values are intellect and art (meaning anything people create that is not required to satisfy their physiological needs; simple definition of better art is when smarter people have more resources). And I even wrote an article about this (It’s in Russian). Obviously egalitarian modern society doesn’t meet this criteria at all.
After that, I understood that people don’t actually care about art and smart things (I am trying to make this text suitable for general reader, plebeian) so my worldview is based on a prejudice (look up is/ought gap). And then I started reading and listening to some traditionalist philosophers and etc. and found so many reasons why you can hate modernity. It’s easier to explain this from a national perspective because Russians (of whom I am a part of) (and all the nations actually) are exeptional. Russians are beautiful in their devotion to tradition. I really like the idea of Third Rome and the orthodox and Russian people as the only christians to answer on the Judgement day (Don’t actually believe any of this though, but even for an atheist modern society looks pathetic; but for postmodernists discourse determines reality anyways). Well, I didn’t write this to persuade someone into traditionalism, but to tell my story and maybe exchange experiences. This text is very and I mean very superficious and doesn’t cover 1% of the reasons to hate modernity (I didn’t even cover hunter-gatherers and neolitic revolution and lots of other stuff), but I hope it’s enough to get the impression of what I feel and hopefully answer the stated question of whether or not it is normal to hate modern society and love traditional societies.