We no longer seek community as the most important, but rather that we, the self-proclaimed celebrity, as the most important.
We live in a world that celebrates image over substance and because of this we have lost sight of who we are. We are bombarded daily with images that celebrate vanity, debauchery, and acts of senselessness. Through the corporate mass media we are subliminally told what to think, how to interpret the way society operates, what is "right," what is "cool," and how to keep from looking old and unhip.
Since when did Kim Kardashian, the cast of the Jersey Shore, and the endless scandals we hear in the tabloids become more important than seeking truth and meaning? Why do these headlines garner more attention than the unrelenting destruction of the Earth by the fossil fuel industry, the brutality of war all over this planet, and the overwhelming poverty found everywhere [even in America]?
Why did it become socially taboo to question events such as 9/11, the presence of american troops in the middle east, the possibility that the pillars of our society may be run by a corporate elite, or that our way of life may actually be destroying the vitality of the planet we depend on. I think it is because celebrity culture has us being afraid to step out and take a stand. Maybe celebrity culture has us so addicted to their "images" that things of meaning and substance become boring?
I think it is that we care so much what the "other person" may think about us that we seek to adopt a way of being, prescribed by celebrity and mass media, that makes it easy for us to "fit in." It is the easiest way. No longer do we need to think about our existence and how we should be. We have sought image over substance. And because of this we have lost touch with ourselves. No longer do I care about how I will be received in this blog or in person. I actually think it will bring me closer to my true identity.
Modern culture rationalizes existence through the piece meal filter it is feed by major media. Do you really think that we ever hear the full story? The full story of any story is never black or white. It is complex, dynamic, and involves an array of motives and emotions that cannot be summed up by one catchy headline. If you want to know the full story shut off the television and go outside. Gather information. Talk to your neighbors. Talk with a homeless person and seek to understand their story. Seek to understand the motives of the elite and politicians. Yet also don't forget to nurture yourself for a while and listen to the birds, listen to children laughing, and to the wind as it rustles past your ears. You can learn more from within yourself than you can from any other source.
"The Fantasy of celebrity culture is not designed simply to entertain. It is designed to drain us emotionally, confuse us about our identity, make us blame ourselves for our predicament, condition us to chase illusions of fame and happiness, and keep us from fighting back." - Chris Hedges