If any of you have seen the move “The Shawshank Redemption”, then understanding institutionalization should be a little easier. Just to stray away from any confusion, I don’t mean being admitted to rehab or a psycho ward when I say “institutionalized”. I mean being in or following an institution to the point of growing a dependency for it. This means any institution. The military, school, the workforce, etc.
- Being institutionalized means a heavy dependency on instruction or guidance
- People who are institutionalized don’t like to be put in a position of personal responsibility
- Following the masses is usually a sign of mindlessly clinging to a value that guides your life
- There are people who feel empty or even depressed if they have no force to guide them
- Creativity comes from knowing more information, not depending on what others know
- Breaking an institutional mindset means replacing current values with new ones, step by step
“Have you at any time been detained in a mental home or similar institution? If so, give particulars.’
‘I was at Scone College, Oxford, for two years,’ said Paul.”
― Evelyn Waugh, Decline and Fall
We are raised in a society that promotes institutionalization. We have been
institutionalized from as long as we remember. Even when we graduate high school,most go to college. College graduates go on to more schooling. Employment is another institution called the workforce. The problem here is the trend in all of these popular institutions. Being institutionalized means depending heavily on institution. Especially for peace of mind. So many people would rather be at a job working over the opportunity to build something for themselves. How many people go off to being self employed or business owners versus actual employees?