Dynasty in Modern society –What? How? Why?
Oedipus’s Hamartia needs to be hastened by the indifferent, ignorant, innocent and complacent talented many.
“Writing is a dangerous profession. There is no telling what hole you may rip in society’s carefully woven master narrative.” —Danielle Orner.
Why dynasties dominate and the hubristic demand of it as a right or entitlement be it in politics, professions, sports, arts etc?
Why this happens despite of the fact that technology, especially internet, has democratized opportunities and visibility of talents?
This dynastic syndrome of arrogant abuse of entitlement has also taken many magnified and organized avatars like lobbies, abject sycophancy , bureaucratic redtapism, some well sponsored ideology based narrative peddlers in media house who presume they have ‘knowledge’ about everything and misappropriate terms that carry an aura like ‘intellectual’ and a list few such characters.
To those who loiter in the comfort zones of misappropriation of terms like ‘Knowledge’ and ‘Intellectual’. I remember two appropriate quotes from Paul Johnson
“Nothing appeals to intellectuals more than the feeling that they represent 'the people'. Nothing, as a rule, is further from the truth”,
“Wisdom lies not in possessing knowledge- which quickly becomes outdated -but in perpetually seeking it”.
Let us proceed with another quote from Paul Johnson, “The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false”.
Mental malaise of lack of pride in ancestry, decline in hope for the future and nurturing present with sophistry of pessimistic narratives are sure symptoms of both blocking view of progress made and progressive visualization.
A society where technology has democratized visibility of talents they still don't get adequate recognition and sponsorship which indicates a society with sense of importance to lobbies and lack of meritocratic empowerment;
A society where patronage and protectionism makes dynastic succession get more opportunities than talent indicates a society with sense of insecurity and lack of democratic empowerment;
A society where success alone is considered supreme and covers all blunders or manages to justify every irrationality and arrogance indicates a society with a sense of insensitivity and lack of compassionate empowerment;
A society where dissent and opposition happen more in order to get attention or are guided by or misguided by manipulative narratives indicate a society with sense of illiteracy and lack of literate empowerment;
A society where excessive importance is given to petty issues indicates a society with a sense of wrong priorities and lack of contextual value based empowerment;
A society where progress and reforms leading to empowerment can happen only when there is mentality to value sense of sharing and sensitivity to shared values manifesting real overall noticeable empowerment as per Weber's Law (for an increase in intensity to be noticeable, it must be a constant proportion of the existing proportion) along with well planned policy driven gradual improvement.
A society where Hobbesian anarchy frequently unleashed and justified through vested interest sponsors and media narrative driven entitlements masquerading as freedom and liberty indicates a society with a sense of wrong suzerains and lack of legal and legislative empowerment to stop them.
A society where the above aspect is not corrected indicates a society with a sense of vacillation in dealing firmly with anti-social elements and lack of confident, courageous and conviction based empowerment.
It is obvious that initially what happens in the proximity influences and impacts anyone. It initiates imitation, instills interest and inspiration too in certain cases. It is therefore natural to inherit or imbibe what one is lucky or unlucky to have in proximity be they the type of people, activities, cultures, social trends and taboos, religious ways, traditions, ideologies, outlooks, behavioral patterns etc.
So, the family and social milieu where in is born and brought up does have a huge psychological impact at least during early childhood and till impressionable age continues or until some other disruption changes the family or social milieu.
But no one need to necessarily follow the dynastic path or misuse the advantage or edge one may get out of their parents’ or elders’ success in any specific field, worse still such misuse of dynastic entitlement to deprive other more talented persons an opportunity.