Social issues can only be remedied by a collective acceptance of those opinions we view as opposing our own.
We are in a new age of warfare the likes of which has never been seen by the human race, and the battles are being fought at the social level. Each and every day we have some new, not-so-profound issue arising that people are ready to end the lives of others to resolve. Is this a sign that the American spirit is alive and well, that Americans are still willing to stand up and go to war for our individual liberties?
No—a brazen, and unabashed no—Americans are not gripping tightly to the fundamentals of, "We the people..." but instead being torn apart at the ideological seams, and put back together by the powers that be like some sort of Frankenstein-esque monstrosity. The tools these influencing and wrongfully-inspiring entities are using come straight from a tool bag that I like to call invasive culture.
Invasive culture is an extremely broad term, however, and can be easily misused and misunderstood without being properly and thoroughly defined.
How to Define Culture
Here in the United States we don't typically look at other cultures at the social level as if they were invasive or negative as a whole. Most cultures are worthy of celebrating, hanging onto, and even spreading across the globe. Invasive cultures, however, are a detriment to everyone who is unfortunate enough to be caught in the consequences of their attempts at invading the populace.
What is an invasive culture, though, and how would you be able to identify and define one? To explore this question properly we must first understand the literal definitions of, "culture."
Culture is defined by Merriam Webster as follows: "The customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group. The characteristic features of everyday existence (such as diversions or a way of life) shared by people in a place or time. The set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution or organization. The set of values, conventions, or social practices associated with a particular field, activity, or societal characteristic. The integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for learning and transmitting knowledge to succeeding generations."
These literal definitions provided by Merriam Webster are perfect for establishing a base understanding of what culture is. When taken at face value the word culture can seem absolutely benign, but culture is often used as a tool for harsh invasion, and equally so it can be used to defend the tactics of that invasion itself. With the definition of culture out of the way we can now define what an invasive culture is at its most fundamental levels.
How to Define Invasive Culture
Here in the United States of America, and perhaps the world over, we have reached an age where invasive cultures are taking centerstage under the guise of benign progress, the greater good, and even the only path to healthy freedom and liberty. However, there is a lack of proper definition of what an invasive culture is, and that allows invasive cultures to run amuck with impunity. It is time we take a stand, and not only learn to define, but also identify invasive cultures.
First and foremost let's get the definition of, "invasive culture," out of the way in a concise manner.
The definition of invasive culture is any culture that arose due to, is propagated by, and takes root as a direct result of contrived interference by influencing social and political powers. Any culture that would not be capable of taking root without authoritarian, and often totalitarian tactics. A culture whose strength is drawn directly from authoritarian enforcement more so than public celebration, sharing, and natural acceptance and understanding.
There are many readily available examples of invasive cultures tearing at the seams of, "We the people..." as I type this, and I'd like to explore the ones I find most pressing here and now. The examples I will be touching on within this article are corporate-enforced politically correct culture, drug culture, and performative cancel culture. As I explain these, you'll see or be made aware of the correlation between these cultures and how toxic a culture can be when it chooses to be invasive.
Corporate-Enforced Politically Correct Culture
One of the most pressing, if not the most concerning invasive culture today is corporate-enforced politically correct culture. There is no greater example of an invasive culture than this one right here, and I say this is objectively true because I can list more people affected by said invasive culture than any other. In fact, I don't know a single person who hasn't been directly affected by the near-violent nature of corporate culture enforcement.
We could go on all day listing the offenders propagating this invasive culture, such as Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Coca Cola, Pepsi, etc. but I want to touch on the one affecting me, and many people I care about, personally. The invasive corporate-enforced politically correct culture I wish to discuss today is something I've been closely observing and digging into for over a year now. The company guilty of breeding this invasive culture in their business, one who I am scared to even name out loud because of their power to retaliate against their employees, is Amrock.
According to Microsoft Bing, Amrock is, "formerly known as Title Source, a subsidiary of Rock Ventures, the United States' largest independent company offering title insurance, property valuations and closing services."
To me, however, Amrock is a company that is vehemently pushing its invasive culture onto its employees at all hours of the day. I know this is the case, because I am often afforded the chance to witness the way it spreads its intercompany culture through racially-divisive seminars and presentations. Being specific for the sake of providing examples, though, I was able to secretly listen in on a meeting that employees were, "cordially required," to attend in the midst of the Black Lives Matter-instigated protests and riots during the summer of 2020.
This meeting was labeled as, "cordially required for all Amrock employees," and was posed as a chance to celebrate diversity in the workplace. However, the company-wide meeting quickly went from a wonderful idea on the surface, to being all about singling out white-skinned individuals. I say this not because of my own perceived white fragility and privilege, but because most of the meeting was overshadowed by white-skinned team leaders interrupting their non-white colleagues to forcefully beg them to check their white privilege.
During a time where racial violence in America was at its peak, tensions were brewing over racial divisions, Amrock took it upon itself to further unfairly single out the white population as the problem. In private company chats and beyond, employees rightfully complained about their fear of mentioning how uncomfortable they were made by the manifestation of this invasive culture, and I'm not just discussing the white-skinned individuals, either. Employees for Amrock of all colors have expressed privately that the invasive corporate culture within Amrock is becoming increasingly aggressive with constant reminders that they seem to only value those who support their invasive culture.
That's enough about invasive corporate-enforced politically correct culture, though; drug culture is next on the list.
When I say drug culture is an invasive culture, most people have a kneejerk reaction of, "Well, I do lots of drugs and I'm totally fine. What do you have wrong with that, dude? Tell me, please, explain what's so wrong about drugs, man?"
Not only is my immediate response to this a hearty chuckle born of predictability and amusement, but one of a deep understanding. To say outright, "Drug culture is an invasive culture," is as unfair to the topic as it is vague. A fellow author called me out on this statement recently, and that author was the inspiration for this entire article.
You see, I don't have much of a problem with people who do drugs—if any at all—and those individuals are simply a product of the invasive culture behind drugs. No, it isn't the drug-users that are the invasive culture, it's the constant slew of conflicting sciences and disinformation surrounding drugs themselves. The invasive culture around drugs is one born from corporate America, and the scientists who choose to work for profit as opposed to the love of hard facts.
For a proper example of the invasive nature of the culture behind drugs, I'd like to provide you this picture below. This is what you get when you search the question, "Is CBD psychoactive?"
As you can see in the picture above, the top answers to the question, "Is CBD psychoactive?" appear to want to counteract one another.
Literally and scientifically speaking, CBD is a psychoactive substance, but it rarely shows any physical, outward signs that it is so. The psychoactive nature of CBD isn't the issue, though, it is the stark and purposeful juxtaposition of the top answers to the question. These answers are put to the very top of search engines for a reason, and that reason is the driving factor behind drug culture being an invasive culture.
"CBD is psychoactive," is the only acceptable answer to the question I have asked, but the search engine includes the other answer right at the top alongside the relevant answer for the sole purpose of stirring up conflict in the consumer market. Funnily enough, as well, CBD does actually have psychoactive properties on an individual basis, based on dosage, and dependent upon what would be considered the user's abuse of the substance. Thus, that second answer that the search engine purposefully indexed to the top is also an inaccurate one at first glance.
This is why drug culture is an invasive culture, and I chose this example solely so people could argue how benign of a topic CBD is. I could've argued the newest push for MDMA clinical trials within the general population, but that is a topic barely reaching its infancy. Nonetheless, disinformation is the main fuel for drug culture, it is pushed by financial and corporate interests to the detriment of the consumer, and that makes it an invasive culture by definition—unarguably.
Next I would like to discuss an age-old culture, one of destroying livelihoods and reputations, but one that has found a new use in the modern era: Performative cancel culture.
Performative Cancel Culture
Performative cruelty and cancel culture are nothing new to the world, they're effective social and political tools that have been used since time immemorial to destroy opponents within so many different contexts. However, the blend of the two, and the level of vitriol it has created in the United States has never been seen within the world before. It is one thing when a political opponent destroys another, or a socialite takes to the papers to slander their rival, but performative cancel culture is now the modus operandi for even the lowest echelons of society.
It needn't even be mentioned for you to already know what I'm about to discuss, but with the introduction of global social media we have all been given a great responsibility we are not ready for. Even those who created the systems we use to cancel one another are not ready to enforce proper behavior, often choosing certain social and political castes to performatively cancel over others—unfairly, near-violently silence and punish them would be a more accurate description. This unbridled power to destroy, to desolate entire lives, and all for social brownie points is a disgustingly accurate example of invasive culture.
By all appearances, it isn't enough for someone to get caught doing something wrong, but we must also drag them, their family, and their acquaintances through the mud for the rest of time. The harsher and more viral your criticisms of the individuals being targeted by performative cancel culture are, the more it seems to catch on. This feeling of indemnity, self-reverence, and accomplishment at the cost of others' entire lives is instigated the most by none other than those influencers and inspirers in politics, corporate power, and the media.
CNN, FOX, MSNBC, ABC, NPR, VICE... it doesn't matter what source of information you choose these days, it is guaranteed that you'll find biting vitriol under the guise of social justice. Performative cancel culture often dons the mask of social justice for all, as well, thus stopping it takes every individual in the world, but in the United States specifically, disallowing that invasive culture to take root.
Be the first step in a long line of individuals that can bring an end to invasive culture.
Never Give In to Invasive Cultures
Whether or not you agree with the sentiments listed in this article about invasive culture, it is up to you as an individual to stop the invasive cultures that are seeking to tear the American public apart at the fundamental level. We are seeing an age of drastic change, whether or not that change is for the better or worse is upon each and every one of us to decide. Only you have the power to make local changes for the global good.
When someone points their finger at you, take a moment to stop and collect your thoughts, address the issue being presented with yourself, and finally decide whether or not to point the finger right back. There is nothing wrong with casting blame if you have truly attempted to measure the objective importance of the issue and whether or not fingers are being pointed at the proper source of the problem itself. If you make a mistake then you need to address it, and work toward casting the blame where it truly belongs.
Even better, abstain from the invasive cultures invading the United States and let them die in irrelevance while you build a loving and accepting community around you. There is no deeper way to wound an enemy than to prove how irrelevant it is in the game of power, and how little control the enemy actually has in the long-term.
Let's show these invasive cultures that, "We the people..." isn't just some flowery sentiment we use to cope in the face of division. Let us once again move toward uniting for the greater good, and keep invasive culture from being the downfall of America!
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
© 2021 Kyler J Falk