Feelings of inadequacy, I've decided, are the root of all social problems ever.
Introspection is not a trait of the inadequate, as you can imagine. Though not everybody who feels inadequate necessarily is, the same problems can arise.
Ever noticed how the most patriotic people are always the most uninformed and uncultured? Its not that patriotism = stupidity or anything, but the most bombastic and boastful of them are often under informed and over opinionated losers. But believing that their country is the best thing that ever happened to the world makes them feel like winners because their a part of it. The fact they don't actually know that much or haven't reflected on their history means they are also impossible to argue with. A quote I heard somewhere; “Idiots drag you down to their level, where they beat you because they have more experience“, or something like that. A healthy amount of pride in your country is something else altogether, but the raging patri-idiots are an embarrassment to their countrymen in their attempt to cope with their inadequacy by enthusiastically acting like wankers.
Ignorance is popularly the cause of racism, but I think there are plenty of racists who should really know better. People who feel inadequate may well need to feel better than someone to cope and feel better. So Mr Patel the corner-shop keeper comes into the picture, we will ignore the fact he is a successful sole trader with a wife and kids, he’s Asian. Aha! Our inadequate friend decides, I am actually superior even without any of that, and I better let him know about it. I know racists are very tetchy about the success of those they hate, they won’t like driving past a bigger house and seeing a black guy in it. A reported once turned up to a run-down council estate on a news program and asked the troublesome kids why there was pro-BNP slogans sprayed on the walls here and there (the racist British National Party). “if all the… black people were gone… there wouldn’t be any problems” said one kid shrugging, and the reporter asked him, “You don’t really believe that, do you?” to the which the kid eventually shook his head, feeling somewhat shameful I suppose.
There were a lot of black kids on the estate and you’ve got to assume they grew up alongside each other, ignorance about black people was obviously not the problem (maybe in the middle classes its different), but obviously that these kids needed to blame somebody else for what they done, the kid was trying to say that despite everything he‘d done himself, it was the black people keeping them back, which was so ridiculous a statement (a backdrop of the estate they were harassing was in the background) even he decided to retract this a moment later.
The rise of teenage pregnancy’s among girls can be attributed to this as well, though this is already the general consensus among those working with the those young mothers anyway. So some girl leaves school with little to no grades having squandered her chance for an education and realised the mistake she’s made, she’s poor and basically feels worthless. To cope with her inadequacy in life she decides to have a baby, as it gives her a sense of worth and that she means something to somebody even if the dad does fuck off. The medias been trumping the idea lately that all these girls are just out for meal tickets and free flats, which is a bit far fetched for me, that thousands of girls leaving school get this idea into their heads, it is far more likely they simply need feel the need to be loved and not feel so worthless.
And some other stuff I couldn’t be bothered writing up, you get the idea. This can go hand-in-hand with the “most people are stupid” theory I suppose too. Stupid people who know their stupid can be quite bitter, you can see them seething when they’ve lost a simple argument that wasn’t all that important anyway. They start a fight with someone not because they lost the argument, but because that person made them feel inadequate, they may feel your laughing at them inside. Obviously we can’t be aware of everyone’s hidden insecurity and inadequacy problems though, and it is their problem.
Personal feelings of inadequacy partly causing a lot of social problems, agree/disagree? Perhaps the "celebrity lifestyle" sham everybody thinks is so great makes people feel mediocre and unimportant?