The High School Mentality, a Primer

On my “draft” blog, I’ve been writing about a mentality that has become the default in our social reasoning. This mentality revolves around social value, and how we use this social value to size others up and determine our own self esteem levels. I call this the high school mentality, because it reminds me of how high school students treat each other. Anyone who has been to a fairly large high school knows exactly what I am writing about. And what I am observing is that now this constant focus on social significance has become part of our adult lives as well.

From what I remember in my high school experience, and from my observations of others, the high school mentality has four major components. Do not forget that the crux of the high school mentality is the need for significance and the desire to possess social value. Here are the five components:

-Sizing others up not based on what helpful traits they have or the company they provide, but rather, how much social value they offer. In future articles, I will call this “value judgments.”
-Never ending competition for higher social value. I call this “social survival.” Credit goes to my childhood friend who coined the term during our high school years.
-Philosophies that embrace group mentalities and collectivism
-False time constraints for certain life events

These four components have become one of the major cores of our culture, and they lead to other components of our culture that are simple manifestations of the high school mentality. Crush culture is one of these. What progressive women’s groups call rape culture is another. These damaging ways of thinking that hold us back as a species revolve, and ultimately arrive back at, the high school mentality.

Being critical of the high school mentality is one of the most rebellious (and enlightening) things a person can do. Embracing the high school mentality is one of the most degenerate (and lazy) acts a person can perform. Very few are aware that we are living out high school over and over again. And yet, people like myself who decide to attack the high school mentality are seen as bad individuals. The high school mentality has commanded how we reason to that much of a degree.

When you decide to be aware of, and attack the high school mentality you are putting a few things at risk. When you do this, you agree that the people who you hold close to you, at least at the start, will be very few and far between. However, if you decide to accept others for who they are, even if they do not want their minds to graduate from high school, you’ll be able to enjoy the company of just about everybody and you’ll be able to relate to everybody. And that is what the next article involving the high school mentality will be about.