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On being "woke" (and cultural relevatism)

As mentioned in our previous "Decade in Review" discussion (, the concept of being "woke" had been a major trend in the past decade. As we now chart out into this new decade, what does it mean to be "woke" (or "stay woke") ?

To that end, we'll discuss a handful of social norms and societal occurrences that are widely acceptable today, which might be unacceptable -- or even shockingly abhorrent -- to the future generations.

The examples include the following:

▨ The consumption of meat, especially with the advent of "factory farming."

▨ The paradox of abundance of food and obesity epidemic vs. the global hunger and systemic malnutrition.

▨ The paradox of the advancement of "modern medicine" vs. the lack of access to affordable healthcare.

▨ Being part of the "consumer culture" of goods manufactured under "slave labor" conditions.

▨ The continued existence of a "traditional" nuclear family.

▨ The criminalization of controlled substances (i.e., "drugs").

▨ The state sanction killing (i.e., capital punishment).

▨ The proliferation of nuclear weapons.

▨ The inaction on climate change.

▨ Certain personal hygiene habits.