The Dilemma of the Monopath

The dilemma of the monopath is a contemporary and age-old problem. As long as human groups have formed, so have common ideas of a singular path through life. Once a bonding practice of tradition in micro-communities, traveling a singular path has opted into the mainstream. Prime examples of this are through social media presence and other formalities of cultural relevance.

Currency through perceived influence

In recent times, we have converted perceived influence into numerical representation through social media followers. Hoards of people across the world are vying (or not) internationally for the same representative resources. These resources are symbols of a status of what we call the online community. This community is composed of members of varying social media prowess who leverage followers for material gain. The commanding principle behind this currency is supplementary and quite complimentary to monetary influence. Each can be leveraged to gain the other.

Regardless of one’s admittance or purposeful obtaining of social currency through followers, all those living in participant cultures are involved to some degree. Participant cultures include those driven by individualistic needs and having access to connective medias. Level of engagement online denotes a supposition of real-life influence. The monopath of existence in the virtual world has been set and individuals are measured on those scales, regardless of their personal achievements separated from recording on the online stage.

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The monopath and social parameters

When we abide by the criteria set out by a singular path, we reinforce social parameters on a worldwide scale. We formulate distinct and methodical ways of connecting, and divergences are allotted either significant gain, lack of response, or consequences of the social nuisance. Groups and affiliations become public to some extent, forcing some to become creative about the ways in which they hide their allegiances to subcultures that are not widely recognized as acceptable.

The dilemma of the monopath then rests in driving the superficial aspects of humanity, and further burying associations that could garner questions. Think Freud’s repression theories. In respect of an arbitrary and stylized currency, the monopath crafts more intricate and labored falsifications of selfhood and aims to rest within social parameters. One path, he thinks, all I need to do is get enough followers and people will value me. People will see my worth and my contribution to the world.