If you scan most of what is put out as news today, it might not be all that different than watching the games in the Coliseum in ancient Rome. “let the bloodletting begin!” Today’s version, at least inside the United States media appears to do little with reporting an unbiased view, but rather opinions and view based on a particular political stance or position. I am not sure when this change happened in time, I only know it ramped up when the newsroom became very profitable simply reporting one position to a group of loyal followers that probably don’t ask, “why,” all that much? It is easier to hit a like or resend/tweet button that encapsulates a human’s life in 140 characters that to dig deeper and understand there is more to a human than a tweet.
Before the internet, through history, I don’t think it matters what brand, flavor, or type of religion – each was somehow spouting some variant of what one is supposed to live or strive for from an ethical perspective. The reality is I know very few people I have met that are walking in that state. The irony is each will tell you that they aren’t perfect, and that view comes from them giving up the world we live in to push inward to a genuine spiritual path to a higher power. The more one does that, the more you look at humans and realize just how goofy we can behave, despite each of us having the ability to change ourselves.
When I read both sides of the news in the states, my first thought is just to shut it all off. I have reverted to my faithful standby of getting news from the BBC over any American news outlet. Why? I guess it is a blessing to have traveled all over the planet and in the old days of the internet, there was the “internet public library.” I felt it was going to be a place where information from the globe was placed, and anyone could read any newspaper or magazine and get several views of an issue from several places on the planet and get a better image of what was the reality happening based on where you were on the planet.
The IPL.org has long since been shuttered as the problem with many things that are good for people is, “how do you make money on the truth?” it is hard to commodify the truth, as it is too simple and not very profitable. There are no scandals to report, gossip to transmit, or fodder to put out so someone can digest the news and say “What a bad person they are. Thank goodness I am so righteous!”
There is a great bible parable about this same issue with publican and Pharisee. Are we that much different today? Alternatively, have we merely evolved with the tools and technology to finger point away from ourselves and make it easier to not deal with in our “self?”
I was listening to a few professional football players on the news, and I sat thinking about what an old monk told me about vices/passions/strengths/skills. It goes against what we learned in the united states. Here we take our strengths, optimize them and use them to do a small skill very well. A professional football player in the NFL is rare. It is the same as finding someone with an IQ over 150. You are also handing young men a ton of money, and they will not have a clue how to handle it. I forget the rates of football players losing the money in just a few years after retirement…70-80 percent?”
To operate at that level is a full-time job. It doesn’t leave much time to work on your weaknesses, and the system doesn’t care much about the people. They are cogs in a bigger machine that is fueled by money, power, ratings…moreover, many people who can’t play getting a paycheck based on how well others that are playing the game do. This model has gone into all areas of power and industry, and while the strengths and talents are pretty amazing, it leaves voids inside the people by overlooking or not having them take care of their weaknesses. It makes a case for humans being good generalists instead of holding a microphone and telling everyone what to do, or in the case of media, broadcasting what is wrong – yet – not trying to do what is right in presenting an unbiased story.
It is interesting to see where the media has gone since the internet went mainstream. It is a bit sad. I watch my old school media friends lament that the old path doesn’t work anymore. I also listen and watch young media folks spouting their beliefs, manipulated images, posed photo-ops and storyline designed more for sensationalism than a lead into the facts of the story and wonder, “I thought you weren’t supposed to manipulate anything? Where is the truth?”
The reality is that truth is very different based on what perspective one is looking at something. I am going to 3d print a piece of jewelry from something I did years ago and sell it…it is a great tool to show how three people can view the same thing from different perspectives and see three very different items. Why didn’t I think of this earlier when I did the 3d model? I have no clue…call it timing.
The world we live in is a beautiful place. I hope that humans work on changing themselves each day. I do know how hard the process is from believing one thing and having your views change and shift over time based on what you learned as a child? What I learned experiencing the world, working in it, and simply trying to understand why it can be so radically different all over the planet, yet, most humans want peace, a decent quality of life, and love.
Maybe the last part is we have created a Hollywood version of love that is romanticized and has very little to do with genuine love?
I have to sketch up some odd ideas now…an interesting morning indeed.