Why We Are All Trapped With Only Few Finding Freedom

Tavian Jean-Pierre
5 min readSep 6, 2021

“Hard times create strong men, strong men create good times, good times create weak men, and weak men create hard times.”

- G. Michael Hopf

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Whilst taking a short break at work, I had the privilege of speaking to a good friend. We often time complaining about certain departments, but this time we spoke about society and its problems.

I have always considered many of us trapped in society, yet I never fully understood what was trapping us. And I am not the only one who has felt that way. In the words of Jean-Jacques Rousseau:

“Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.”

- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

These scary yet profound words give us an indication of how some of the greatest thinkers have felt. Many of these men and women depend on creativity and freedom of thought to live a life truly free. So, there is no surprise that these individuals felt trapped in a society that often limits us.

Why we are all trapped is the question many philosophers have tried answering. Plato used his allegory of the cave, and many other philosophers pointed to us being enslaved through our desires. I agree with many of these explanations and believe they all have a part to play.

However, after speaking with my good friend, there appears to be another reason why we are all trapped that I have not considered. Unfortunately, it is outside our control and is a tiresome loop that society has found itself in. So, here is why we are all trapped and my proposed route to freedom that few find.

Why We Are All Trapped in a Terrible Loop

If you read the quote above, you should know the loop we are trapped in. Without any fault of our own, we have been born into a society somewhere along the loop. If you were born during, WW1 you would have been born in hard times. However, if you were born in 2000, it would have been nowhere near as hard.

Although some people like to complain that the world is terrible, we are in relatively good times. We are…

Tavian Jean-Pierre

Founder of the Better Conversations Podcast | Currently challenging the status quo to shape a better future | Asking "why" because someone has to...