One cannot trust the media to present us with real people, and the handlers of our most clever politicians are another species of fake image-makers who are clearly in the business of creating illusions rather than real people. Fortunately, we also have Halmlet-like commentators/analysts who warn us, "That would be scanned."
"Coming of age" among images constantly fed them by these media-savy manipulaters, our younger generations have grown so accustomed from this ever-present conditioning that they often not only expect but also actually prefer this "super-breed" of idealized and stereotyped people over imperfect real ones. Drab reality, after all, cannot possibly compete with fantasy. It's all a re-run of the truth expressed in the old vaudeville song, "You Can't Keep 'Em Down on the Farm After They've Seen Paree."
When unrealistic expectations and preferences clash head-on with a contrasting and clearly "impoverished" reality, disillusionment can readily set in and cause all sorts of problems, since real, everyday men and women are suddenly not very sexy, witty and overall as attractive as their fantasy counterparts. Marriages disintegrate after just a few months and real jobs are unbearably mind-numbing routines. Some sit-coms give the impression that people don't actually "work" at all: they just endlessly socialize--the guys continuously flirt or worse with women and/or engage in "one-upsmanship" repartee with their male peers.
Politicians, after their fake images become tarnished in scandal and favoritism/pay-offs to their "base" and/or special-interest groups that provide the "big bucks" for their campaigns, seem incredibly foolish and incompetent, totally at a loss as to how to do even simple tasks like balance a budget and seal a border porous as a sieve. Little wonder such leaders have almost no clue or inkling how to solve more challenging problems like government waste ($14 muffins) and corruption like mult-million-dollar rip-off scams of medicare/medicaid and like radically reforming public education so it actually educates children rather than babysits them.
Similarly, anyone trying to model his/her sexuality after examples on dumbed-down TV sit-coms superficially written to elicit quick and easy laughs or on "sex and the city" will be in serious trouble as well, because real relationships between men and women are quite different (or SHOULD be) from those in many of these programs At least let's hope, for our overall sanity and social stability, that "musical beds" has not become the new cultural norm.
While sexual behavior in a film, for example, can be hilarious to voyeuristic observers, real sex for most participants themselves, whether in or outside marriage, is rarely a laughing matter, unless one has an unusual sense of humor or views sexual intimacy with a casual "Who Cares?" attitude. Whether male or female, when's the last time you laughed hilariously over falling short of expectations in or out of bed? For any remaining "doubting Thomas", read the painfully and unnecessarily tragic ending of ON CHESIL BEACH. [For an expanded analysis of this topic, read my separate blog titled "Far Lower Than Angels And Little More Than Beasts"]
For some balance or perspecive, lest this analysis of cultural trends sound too cynical, life promises us many incredibly fulfilling and meaningful experiences as well. Just as Milton (and many readers) in Paradise Lost find(s) Satan more fascinating than God, we, too, can often be drawn irresistibly and obsessively to the alluring evils of our time while downplaying what's "right with the world." [But that's a topic for another blog, although probably not as interesting]]
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