Most of us spend most of our time thinking about the impact the world has on us. Me, myself and I, are our constant companions. It is a Validation Society practice to try on a different way of looking at things, occasionally. Think about things from somebody else’s point of view, occasionally.
True, many people are unaware that they have a point of view. If you are reading this right now, trying to figure out whether you have one, I have good news. Everybody else is thinking the same thing you are. This could be called unconscious empiricism. The effect is that you believe the world you perceive to be real in all important ways. The world you perceive is an interpretation of sense data. Are you uncomfortable eating hot peppers? You have an internal knowledge of reality that hot peppers are not good to eat. How do you explain people who seem to like hot peppers?
Are all the other drivers on the road inconsiderate asses, getting in your way as you travel from place to place? How is that possible. To them, you are one of the “all the other drivers on the road.” You are not an inconsiderate ass. We both know that. How do you explain that?
The embedded video below is an interesting way to look at the me-centric world.
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Why a Validation Society?
The theory of social validation is often used to explain why social networks like Twitter, MySpace and Facebook are so popular. The basic idea is that people are crying out for social validation; re-tweets, comments, shares of their stuff and so on. We see social validation as something that you can do rather than something that is done to you. Yes, this means that you have a way to be noticed in the world for things that are generally thought of as positive and uplifting, but the focus of the validation Society is to give rather than receive. What you will find, if you start practising active validation among your peers is you will develop the reputation of somebody with a Great Attitude, someone who is aPleasure to Talk To, and someone who isUniversally Liked. Oddly, the side-effects of practicing Social Validation will provide you with the passive social validation that you are, yourself, subconsciously looking for.
Join the International Validation Society
For just $20 per year, you get a voice in the projects undertaken by the International Validation Society, the right to claim membership, and start local chapters. We test ways to validate people more effectively, support social causes and generally have a great time together. When two or more members of the Validation Society are gathered in one place, joy and happiness are always present.
Validation the Movie
This movie encapsulates the heart of how Active Social Validation works, so take a moment to check it out.