Most people merely stand for what fits best with the status quo. Even if the status quo is making them miserable.
People all have a cosmology; a view of the world that leads them to act in certain ways. This worldview is pervasive in the psychology of a culture, and can easily seen from hair cuts to slang, that the culture acts almost like an organism that consumes our individuality. We start with our parents, our community, go to education and then off in all sorts of directions, specialties... some specialize themselves right out of the Conversation, end up studying obscure texts and finding there that no one who is not living in their particular myth will care about... their stream of thought ending in a dead pond that will soon enough be drained and forgotten.
This leads to the present crises, and the ancient crises.... most people merely stand for the status quo -- especially the most powerful, influential people in a society. If a king has control over vast sweeps of towns and cities and churches and etc.... their complete control on ideas links the church and state -- most of history has the leaders declaring themselves Gods, though now it is fashionable just to say 'chosen' by God to lead... which, let's face it, is about the same damn thing when it comes to inflating ones ego.
Beware the Superman who is unaware of their fatal flaws... they die quick. The politicians who try to keep their personal life from having anything to do with their politics are sold out liars. You hurt people with legislation, you might as well understand that your hand is slapping a few faces. Their lives may insulate them from criticism, their money and status may let them live above the mucky-muck, attending parties where their polite manners bring them kudos from other important people; the syncophents; the invested; the wet chicks who just want to wrap around the powerful and suck that money right out of them, splurting right down into their hungry, hungry souls like the very elixir of the Gods.
Others stand for the status quo even when they are miserable; a requirement to be fed, clothed and the higher you want to go up that ladder, the more you have to be like the status quo.... or appear so. We stand for the status quo for a myriad of reasons that range from cynicism with politics that makes us avoid the process (Twain said he did not vote because 'it only encourages them), to false faith in sleazy polticians and media alarmists and out-right right wing propagandists willing to say anything to push their agenda, fact an fiction just a means to an end... to just wanting to 'not rock the boat,' to wanting to stay out of jail or avoid being disgraced, ridiculed for being different... to scared off by intimidation tactics they use on activists like myself.
Societies so far have not come up with the perfect political system for the world, obviously. We are infants when it comes to governing an entire world, but that is what is being done at this very moment. Various factions with a myriad of beliefs run their little fiefdoms.
Going along with the status quo in a place like China keeps you from ever reading these blogs. I went to a chinese search engine and was amazed by all the shit that was not there. Certainly my name is not, though it is all over google. I hate any kind of censorship. I despise the religions that take themselves too seriously. They take their books, their myths, and half histories more serious than GOD himself. Who is man to decide that one religion is better than another? NOTE: since I originally wrote this, it has changed... now, you can find all sorts of criticism of the United States if you look me up in China, though this blog and facebook are hidden.... THANK YOU CHINA. I am glad I got in a little bit. Hope... if it's all you have, be grateful.
The search for God is universal. The coding of human behavior in books of wise men has been done since the dawn of the story teller. Now we have to all come together and be one world living under a few basic ethical beliefs -- basic human rights, an open press, fair courts, and good, free public schools that teach the most cutting edge of science, whether the church yet has room for the latest of God's revelations or not. This is why the Bible was written again and again... and meant to be an open ended book. Check your local library for proof this continues...