High Consciousness and Low Consciousness【The heavy word "problem consciousness"】

2020/08/27

問題意識とは何か【意識高い系と低い系の基準】

The Weight of the Word "Problem Consciousness"

I spent about seven years in Tokyo before I came to Indonesia from Fukuoka, but during those four years, I was what we now call a "low-consciousness" student who didn't take my classes seriously, but rather just continued to laze around and do seminar activities because I was passive and didn't take credits for other people's notebooks and substitutions and because it would affect my job search.

Back then, words like "low-consciousness" and "high-consciousness" didn't exist, but in recent years, when I see "high-consciousness" students being beaten up on social media, etc., it makes me think that being a little cocky and loud-mouthed is the right thing to do when you're a student, considering what I was doing back then.

For seminar activities starting in the third year, we chose a subject matter from the Nikkei newspaper and gave a 20-minute presentation, and I got teary-eyed when the teacher, the fourth year students, and the occasional scary alumni commented on it. In those days, the seminar had its own traditional rule that all presentations had to consist of the following four components

  1. Problem consciousness
    When you develop your argument logically, your problem consciousness will determine whether or not it will be lively, so you need to use your brain and think about it with a lot of fervor. On the other hand, if your problem consciousness is well thought out and solidified, then the subsequent development is automatically decided.
  2. Analysis Perspective
    This is where I present the point of view from which to analyze the problem, and if the awareness of the problem is shallow, it will limit the cut-off point and make the development in the main argument flimsy.
  3. Main Subject
    We will unpack the background of the problem consciousness based on the analytical perspective, and even present material to summarize.
  4. Summary
    I will summarize the opinions drawn from the main argument and present what can be done to make it happen as it should be. Since this is the concluding part, it is desirable to provide a summary that makes you feel that you have benefited from hearing only this part.

About 10 years ago, the term "framework thinking" became popular, a method for efficiently deriving solutions to problems by analyzing things and solving them according to a standardized framework. Consciousness is the root of the theme, and if the "problem consciousness" is lax, a blurred outline and futile summation will be created.

Kenichi Maeyamada, the former music producer of Momoiro Clover Z, once said that the secret to creating many songs in a short period of time is that "as soon as the first 4 bars came out, I knew that the back part of the song would probably be like this..." and this "first 4 bars" corresponds to this "problem consciousness".

The word "problem consciousness" is a word that is often used casually in news articles and editorials, but it is such a deep and heavy word that trying to define it in my own words gives me a fever of wisdom, and I still don't have the courage to use the word casually, even now, more than 20 years after graduating from college.

  • Why are things supposed to be this way, but in reality they aren't?

In my definition, in order to have an awareness of a problem, it is necessary to have a presuppositional understanding of how events in the world are "supposed to be", and to do this, knowledge of the world as a point and an understanding of the context of events (background), which is the connection between the points, are essential.

A "low-consciousness" who knows the absurdity of the world

For working people, having an "problem consciousness" means setting standards for how we interact with society and organizations, but we all know that there are many situations in which things don't get done by logic alone, and it is common sense (an unwritten, unspoken understanding like the law) that it is better to keep your thoughts to your own heart and mind because it disturbs the harmony between you and others to force or ask for their consent to measure your thoughts.

In the 6th episode of "Hanzawa Naoki", which is airing every Sunday at 9:00 pm to rave reviews, Executive Director Owada said to Hanzawa, who didn't apologize in front of Minister Shirai, a line that seemed to symbolize the "low consciousness type".

  • In a sense, you were right not to apologize to the minister, and of course Executive Director Kimoto was right to apologize. In politics, there are always problems that cannot be explained by logic.

It reminded me of a sales customer I was good friends with in Jakarta who said, "There are many times when I have to apologize even if it wasn't my fault.

On the other hand, Hanzawa's statement to his subordinate Moriyama in episode 4 about his own beliefs (attitude) towards his work and his strong belief that this is how the organization and the world should be approached is a line that truly symbolizes the "high-consciousness type".

  1. To be able to say the right thing as right.
  2. The common sense of the organization must match the common sense of the world
  3. That those who work with dedication and honesty are properly recognized

For someone who works in the absurdity of a world, a jarring string of words tends to be an object of antagonism, but this line was very popular on social media, and I think the response was mostly positive.

The reason people didn't feel any animosity towards this high consciousness word is because it was the word of Hanzawa, who was treated absurdly by his parent bank, and to say high conscious word people must have an "problem awareness" backed up by experience?

© 2021 バテラハイシステム Powered by STINGER