Well I've lived in Canada for most of my life and due to my innate curiosity and a yearning to understand the world I had to of course try traveling and living in different regions and parts of it and as I look back at my experiences in the world I am continually perplexed with how seemingly cold a lot of people out there are. Sometimes you'll be met with some niceties and maybe even a smile, much more beyond that seem to be becoming increasingly rare in today's world, but even if you do manage to stumble upon such an event, often the extents seem to not exceed very far beyond typical small talk and maybe some common courtesies. Generally though we're all somehow subconsciously regulated to homogeneous members of a crowd unless you can manage to wow people through flash and pizzazz you know, smile all of the time and dress fashionably and somehow know exactly what is "popular/cool" (but always steering away from in depth discussion on topics)
As well I've noticed beyond real life, but on the internet too, it often seems really hard to connect to anyone beyond superficiality and generally anyone to have your act or be very understanding or supportive. Is this just Western culture? I really hate it and yearn for real and meaningful connection but yet find that the more you genuinely try and connect to others the more it makes others uncomfortable and I get a sense that it's even often socially acceptable? to connect more beyond consumerism etc I am especially. I am in my 20s and honestly I've had this weird hunch that it's kind of becoming an increasing normal trend; especially not in part due to the havoc that neo-liberalism has caused and then technology and computers come in second place, which in turn seem to only encourage more isolation and stifle in person social skills to develop and flourish more normally. I also think that it's hindering the development of character, and from having a stronger sense of self, and creativity as well because becoming so increasingly common so always plugged in. Public life as well has become seemingly controlled by monolithic corporations which only breeds that same kind of empty culture and encourages more of a focus on materialism...(there's hardly any real culture anymore)
Thoughts? or has it always been this way? I know there's that old saying somewhere along the lines of "It's a cold world out there" .
Of course, this might be crucial information to know about myself but I grew up predominately in a small town (then city in late teens) and I think that at times small tons can be a little warmer but generally it seems like most social groups are kind of organized by hierarchical kind of way that has always felt rigid and very firmly set in place. Of course, I've always been a pretty loving person that hides it under a kind of an aloof demeanor I have always found myself seeing and treating everyone as equally important (animals too...)