chat /w GPT – Norms

By Lochard | Randoms | 25 Feb 2023

This is a short chat, but I think the responses of GPT worth thinking.


🤡Hey, morning GPT. All systems go?



🤖Good morning! Yes, all systems are functioning properly. How can I assist you today?



🤡I am thinking about the definitions of norms. The way we tend to take something common as the norm could get the society really twisted.


🤖That's an interesting observation. Norms are shared expectations and behaviors that shape social interactions and guide individual behavior within a society. While norms can serve as a useful framework for social interactions, they can also have negative consequences when they become too rigid or when they reflect harmful values or beliefs.


When a particular behavior or attitude is normalized in a society, it can lead to a situation where individuals who do not conform to the norm are stigmatized or marginalized. This can be particularly problematic when the norm reflects prejudices or biases against certain groups of people, such as those based on race, gender, sexuality, or ability. In such cases, the norm can perpetuate inequality and injustice.


It's important to recognize that norms are not static and can change over time. Challenging harmful norms and promoting more inclusive and equitable ones can be a powerful way to effect social change and create a more just society. However, changing norms can be challenging, as it often requires significant cultural shifts and the active participation of many individuals and institutions.



🤡I am looking at the prevailing promotion of positive thinking. It should be a good thing by it own, but the way we are... demanding it seems to be off.

We are getting dismissive of reasonable displeasures and look not at the problems but the affected persons. On the flip side, when someone is positive, we might neglect the fact what he/she is doing is actually questionable.

Compared to having negative emotions when troubled, having positive emotions while causing or seeing sufferings of others seems to be the problematic one. In fact, I think it is mental sickness.



🤖You bring up some valid concerns about the way that positive thinking is sometimes promoted in our society. While having a positive outlook on life can be beneficial in many ways, it is important to recognize that it is not always possible or appropriate to maintain a positive attitude, particularly when dealing with difficult or traumatic situations.


It's true that sometimes people who are promoting positive thinking can be dismissive of others' negative emotions or experiences, which can be hurtful and invalidating. It's important to recognize that it is okay to experience negative emotions and to take the time to process them in a healthy way.


Additionally, promoting positive thinking in all situations can lead to a dangerous kind of "toxic positivity," where people feel pressure to put on a happy face and ignore problems or concerns. This can be particularly harmful when it comes to issues of systemic injustice or inequality, where positivity alone is not enough to create meaningful change.


In short, while positive thinking can be a helpful mindset to cultivate, it is important to recognize that it is not always appropriate or possible, and that dismissing or ignoring negative emotions or experiences can be harmful. It's important to find a balance between positive thinking and realistic, grounded assessments of the world around us.



🤡This probably sounds like a conspiracy. But do you think it is possible that the influentials are trying to shape our behaviours just like using advertisement to sway opinions?



🤖It's not a conspiracy to suggest that influential individuals and groups may be trying to shape our behaviors and opinions. In fact, this is a well-documented phenomenon that has been going on for centuries.


Marketing and advertising are just one example of how individuals and groups use persuasive tactics to shape our behaviors and opinions. Advertisers use various techniques to influence our perceptions and attitudes towards products, services, and even social and political issues. They often try to create emotional connections to their products or ideas, use social proof to create a sense of conformity or popularity, and appeal to our values and desires.


Similarly, influential individuals and groups may use various tactics to shape our behaviors and opinions on a range of issues, from politics and social justice to consumer choices and lifestyle trends. This can be done through various channels, including media, social media, and even personal interactions with friends and family.


While it is important to be aware of these tactics and the potential influence they may have on us, it is also important to recognize that we are not powerless in the face of them. By developing critical thinking skills, seeking out diverse perspectives, and being aware of our own biases and values, we can make informed decisions and resist undue influence from others.

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