We’re all vulnerable because we want to feel better about ourselves, which is the “hot button” that the media preys on. What we constantly seek is to be accepted, to be loved, to carve out a life that’s worthwhile, that we’ll be remembered by others. What’s for certain is we’ll be at our own funeral, but will anyone else be there.
We hope that before we succumb, we’ll be able to look back, reflect on our lives and see if it was well spent, that it mattered. So every once in a while, often in the midst of living our busy lives, what we do is reflect, take notes on where we are, if we’re on track. Is our life how we expected it to be.
Once we look around, at every turn, there’s the media, advertisers, the slick slimy seduction of the marketers, helping us to keep score, ready to sell us something which verifies that our life is worthwhile. What shrewd advertising does is violates our vulnerabilities and dreams.
Without we ever knowing it, what these advertisements does is provides promises and dreams which becomes our expectations. They set the standards, they set the guidelines on how we judge ourselves. They feed our insatiable need to be happy with our empty lives.
The Persistent Digital Age
The information age is nothing but white noise, which is defined as noise which contains a variety of frequencies, all with equal intensities.
With the perpetual nonstop 24/7 broadcasting of news, entertainment, reality programming, click-bait advertisement, all of this constant bombardment, the digital biosphere becomes overwhelming.
What we now expect with a click of a mouse which directs us to Facebook, is constant amazement, awe, entertainment, entrapment, as our life becomes fulfilled. This because something that’s novel and compelling, rarely happens to us.
All the “real” news programs report is that they’re waiting for something to happen, or they’ll fabricate their own opinion. What digital footprints does however is lasts forever, yet there’s nothing that leaves more of a permanent imprint than that disappearing photo on Snapchat.
What we’ve traded our notions of character in for are our Facebook profiles, the peer-to-peer social dialog regarding issues, policies, and programs. Our lives have been reduced to likes, screams, selfies, and sound bites, our opinions limited to 140 characters or less.
Our Overwhelming Unexpected Life
What then happens is that our hopes, our expectations become unrealistic. We expect our cars to drive themselves, to earn unjustified amounts of residual income, superfoods to nourish us, and that little blue pill to make us feel.
Beautiful flawless women and buff shirtless men with perfect buttocks and muscles, hawk everything from magical weight loss pills to salad dressing.
Everyone everywhere is now forever young, fertile, and brilliant, and anyone can be as well, provided you buy the detergent they’re advertising, or consume the right energy drink.
This Ever Accelerating Life
A 12 year old student now has their own smartphone, which has more information at their fingertips than a library filled with encyclopedias ever did.
Technology has brought a seismic shift in access, communication, and economic opportunity. Diseases are now instantly identified and solved. Cures are discovered.
The literacy rates have skyrocketed, access to health care, prosperity, are steadily on the rise. Yet, our happiness has remained stagnant.
The rates of depression, anger, negativity, hate, lack of trust still persists. Technology only exposes the brutality, incivility and the mistrust. What’s needed is a change of heart.
Programmed Mind Control
What we’re constantly bombarded with is the forever nonstop media and advertising blitzes, all designed to shift our mindsets on the framework of what we think is normal or ideal.
What crafty advertising offers is a new sense, a different viewpoint and perspective on the norm. What we now expect are lithe nubile women to be around everywhere. Rugged men with a five-a-clock shadow who are smart and sensitive, while being able to fix a leaky faucet.
We fail as parents unless our kids get straight “A’s” or win first prize. They’re thin and sleek while being acne-free. We expect glittering flawless perfection from ourselves, public figures, and products.
Media Dictates What We Think
Although we’re perfect, the rest of the world on the internet are war-torn migrants, racists who holds entire countries hostage, where the police are killed and kills. Genocide happens over and over, while we turn our backs to the modern slave trade.
What we expect is life to be tragic and brutish because the internet said so, as we helplessly retreat to the safety of the shopping mall.
Our fingertips control millions of search results, as we hold on tight to the truth which supports whichever halo that we long for, or the shadows that we fear.
Living In Accordance
What modern day technology does is connects us, which brings the good of the world within our grasp. What it also does is delivers promises that it can’t keep.
What it does is strictly furnishes our basest and cheapest desires, which leaves us awash when it comes to the worst aspects of humanity.
As we attempt to make sense of things, it becomes easy to be tempted by the images and ideals that’s been repackaged as adjuncts to our well-being and happiness. Most often, the promises are just efforts to sell us something, and rarely advances our wholesomeness.
Stay True To Yourself
The only things that we can claim in our life is our character and integrity. Never lower yourself because of fear, desire, or circumstance.
Never get chained to the standards that are set by others. Once we align ourselves to our higher self, we can better self-restrain ourselves, soften anger, practice frugality, sympathize poverty without prejudice.