I would have to ask one of my road crew members exactly where we were on the planet when we were watching the opening of the doors for a come in at a show, and we witnessed a young woman having a meltdown of sorts because her dad wouldn’t buy her overprices merchandise that the mouse was pawning out.
Dave turned to me and said with a dry tone and straight face, “someone’s daddy told her she was a princess too soon when she was a little girl.”
Why this line resonated with me, I will never know. Yet, there probably was a lot of truth to what he said at that moment.
What I never thought I would see happen is so many boys, and girls are told they were/are princesses and princes in society. I am not talking about little kids who are read fairy tales and other tales, but it appears in the USA a lot of kids are fed a steady diet of consumerism for all things royalty and “you are very special!”
Everyone is unique, but, a sense of entitlement and selfishness has crept into American society in the past 25 years. I was listening to a recruiter trying to bring fresh meat into his company with real estate development, and it was hilarious to watch him utterly uncaring about the person in front of him, and the young man was explaining why he wanted to become a real estate broker and how he had his mom and dad to support him.
I was like, “wow, I had two quarters, a dream, and no one to really guide me.”
There is nothing wrong with the princess and the story and a fairy tale, it is nice to escape the reality of what most of life is like. That is why I loved doing the Disney shows when the lights went black and turned on, you saw a look of amazing wonderment from small children who were watching their favorite characters seem to come to life.
The problem with that is when the same kids grow up to be older, and the wonderment has turned into believing one is a prince or princess and is somehow entitled or very special with themselves. It looks gruesome.
the odd part is that the princesses and princes don’t realize they are more like the emporers that are walking around wearing no clothes.
This morning post brainstorm ramble brought to you sans coffee. Human beings are fascinating, but I don’t know why we keep allowing fear and insecurity to control the way many think and live their lives? Just look at the govt shutdown. I am amazed the country hasn’t all marched on the city and asked, “what exactly did we elect you all for? to run our country?”
The problem is that a large percentage of the country might be too busy living in the fairy tale land of Facebook and watching Netflix, and figuring out what new killer outfit to wear and post up on Instagram. The optimistic, happy non-reality, a bit like the fairy tale where users don't have to ever look out at the reality that is around them. just keep staring into that little mobile screen…just keep looking into the mobile screen…” now, we are not programming or using an algorithm to manipulate anything!” said the real kings of media.