Money and fame in our current society appear to be the most important things. We make a pretense that other things matter but in the end they seem not to. Take the media with the dumbing down of America with many of the reality shows it creates. Why would they promote brainless and useless shows with Honey Boo Boo, Duck Dynasty, Housewives of somewhere, Big Brother, and the list goes on. This is what the public wants and it costs less to produce or it may be morally questionable but it will make us money and give me notoriety. It also shows a lack of creativity. The belief that you cannot make educational material interesting flies in the face of Neil De Grasse Tyson, Bill Nye, or any other scientist who reaches millions by making the ‘complex’ accessible.
What is humorous is that the makers of these programs are some of the same people who decry the dumbing down and crassness found in society. In other words they want to make their money and achieve their fame through producing their junk realities and yet have a society that thinks more deeply. The same can be said of the news media. They are decrying Trump’s rise while they are in part the creators of him. They gave him inordinate amount of time on their shows because he improved ratings. He was making them richer and more famous.
Why are lobbyists so powerful in our country because they fete the Congressmen like Kings and Queens and provide them with money on their jobs and jobs with money after their jobs. It is the way of Washington they say. Yes, it is the way of Hollywood they say. It is the way of New York they say. They complain how we suffer with more money and fame because we create an American culture that is not nice to live in.
Of course we are above all this but we are not. We watch their products we allow ourselves to be caught in the culture they create. And we will sacrifice our values to keep a job or keep the peace. We value conflict free lives. Because it keeps our pockets full and allows us to continue our efforts to socially climb. Because in the end our role models have the most money and belong to all the right boards.
Ethics and right living are not held in respect but are deemed as the province of the wannabes, never will bes, and the has beens. I do not fully understand how we got here. So I am going to be a contrarian to the money and fame liberal or conservative crowd. I am going to do something different I will value only the honest, kind, people who live lives to add to the world and not to take all they can from the world. Will anybody join me?