In a seeming odd moment and way, I found an old friend is sick with something. it is just odd to find a photo of what was your best friend sitting there with IV and two teddy bear stickers from his granddaughters seeming to hold it in place. but that was a bit of sad shock to me yesterday. lately, I am getting my hands around how short life is, and how seemingly strange and important we seem to place values on stuff, makeup, and our image in the world. truth is, we are seeming to glorify mediocre premium and premium mediocre.
someone asked me what the difference between the two was and the only analogy I could come up with is you take a lump of manure and you put some gold spray paint on it for mediocre premium. for the premium mediocre, you hand a clothespin to each observer to put on thier nose so they don’t smell anything and tell them how special they are to have such a "premium" life. sadly, even my analogy is mediocre in explaining the reality of the downward spiral that instead of just being human, doing what we can to love each other – we have to have an award show, pass out medals, and pump up the self-image.
I think I have to turn off the social media research for a bit – as I am finding all the data is starting to look the same, and I add up the ginormous waste of time it is to find anything. I am happy I was indoctrinated to the internet when it had about 300 websites. while it shows just how amazing and far we have come today, what we are using our tools for – doesn’t seem to be making better people who are coming together as the human race.
instead, we appear to be a bunch of humans all racing to acquire stuff and post only the good parts of life to create an image of sorts that is not reality. I don’t know who really caused this phenomenon. was it reality tv? media in general? the internet? the users themselves? branding and marketing groups? our leaders and social icons? or a bit of each?
I look out at the sunrise over the mountains. the trees and grasses illuminated and the quiet beauty of nature. it is peaceful and I am getting a lot done. why?
because most here in this city are still in bed, sound asleep.
as for my old friend. I wish him a healing and peace in his heart. may a goofy photoshop image or an alter ego character I created years ago – make him laugh – even though we are very far apart.