Education. Education is gold. It is an elitist goal to achieve higher and higher levels of education. Only through education is one able to discern the mechanisms at play in the world. Have you ever seen a TV commercial begging you to create a gmail account? What about YouTube? no. I don’t watch much TV, but I’ve seen it enough to not have seen these ads. Why haven’t I seen any bus station propaganda signs for Amazon. They might exist in Seattle, but not in Southern California. Why? Because they don’t need to advertise. They don’t need a bigger fan base. They don’t need to trick people into buying their products. Their products’ reputations sell themselves.
So then how do we apply that logic to the rest of the products that require advertising? In an off beat way. Media is an advertisement in the same way that Disneyland is one big advertisement for animation/film productions which are a front for the real money maker of licensing. They use entertainment to shine light on the 1% of the world that needs more attention. It needs attention because it isn’t getting enough attention from the small groups of people who currently care about it. Less educated and experienced people assume that what they see is the whole world. Anyone is refuses to get on an airplane lack some serious sense.
They truly believe that the advertised and dramatized world is the WORLD. They don’t realize that most of the world operates behind the scenes off camera. Why is this a problem? Well a ton of people still can’t get jobs. People are taught to believe that wrinkled women are worth less. Post menopausal women are not considered capable because no one is advertising on their behalf. But men who want to be women make headline news. Keep in mind, that post menopausal women of the modern age are very much broke and in the very last years of their capable working years. That time is very crucial for how they are going to pay for their elderly convalescents once their husbands die. That is just one example of those who advertising has forgotten.
It all goes back to education. Why can personal finance be a high school math class? Why can’t home economics be a legit major? Because there would be less dumb people to advertise and sell pointless shit to. If people really knew how big the world is, it would be much more difficult for them to believe that the 40 hour work week is just the next best version of indentured servitude (which is better than slavery). Society runs off the idea that the broke man can achieve something through hard work. So society creates bogus “hard work” in the form of pointless meetings, lack of IT infrastructure, and a general belief that people need to put in “their time.” If you make a point to education yourself by getting out in the world, you can see how it ticks. You’ll see that all the advertising is just the needy yelling to divert your attention to the small part of the world that most people don’t actually care about. Otherwise, they wouldn’t need to advertise.
I miss all my old people. Funny thing is that I didn’t miss most of them much after they died. They were well-old enough to die naturally. I doubt they were in much more pain at death than they were over the last few months of life. All those aches and pains probably got some relief when the power shut off to their brains. Anniversaries of all my old great aunts and uncles are scattered throughout the year. Sometimes I remember, sometimes it’s just another day. Of course at the time they departed there were tears and feelings of empty sadness, but life kept me moving forward.
Now, years later, it is a different kind of sadness. My emotions have forgotten that they are dead. Gramma and Grampa are just at their house a few towns over. Or so it feels. The sadness comes when I feel the need to pick up the phone and call them as if they are in their 60s, alive and well. I don’t remember them so much as the frail, elderly people who I saw pass away. I remember them active and relatively young enough to be a source of information and entertainment (stories of days gone by).
I miss the little things. How they acted so interested in me. How they looked down on me with a smile that people only give children in their family. I can remember my great aunt’s face, all old and wrinkled, when she smiled as if she thought I was so cool. She was born in 1909. To her a game boy was beyond even a Jules Vern novel.
It’s weird for me to miss things about the past. I don’t miss many things that people normally do. Like my childhood friends. We were going to be friends forever and now I loath the thought of ever having to awkwardly run into any of them around town. I never had a reason to dislike all my old people. They were situations to manage of course, but that was a given need for a elderly family member. Unlike my old friends, nothing else in life has fully filled the void left by that by-gone generation.
There’s nothing to do with these feelings about them. I can reminisce with those who knew them too. Or look through old family photos. but it all just leads to the same thing, welling up in tears of sadness that gets stronger with the thought that my parent’s generation is next.
If love is really attachment 99% of the time then why isn’t it romantic to say “I’m deeply attached to you?” Must be because when someone has put so much effort into a person who is missing that ever so crucial 1%, people get offended. Being offended is a defense mechanism for extroverts who have been exhausted by the same people they crave attention from. These individuals also would rather not accept responsibility for the fact that they willingly spend time with people who treat them like shit. Just because everyone in their world treats them like shit doesn’t mean that everyone in the world treats them like shit. A huge weakness of mind. A mind that not only can’t postulate other worlds, but also cannot see that other worlds (aka cultures) exist on earth. Yet another reason to believe that earth is hell. Intellect is a product of many, many things. A true blessing is to have the DNA, Environment, Culture, and Freedom to express and build upon your intellect. Some people seem destined to lack all those buckets. Those people are spread across all families of all races and cultures. You have to want to be smart. You have to want to be successful. You have to have the brains to see what is happening in the world at all levels regardless of what the media is telling you. Climate change is just another media version of: The sky is falling! Of course, the oceans are rising, where do you think Atlantis went when the ice age ended? That same ice age we had last. It’s not new. Pollution, yes its a problem, the extent of which many people claim to understand better than others. Why wouldn’t everyone want to live in a pristine, clean world? That should be enough. Beyond me. Science, in all its honestly, is socially driven by modern problems and curiosities. Atheists love to use science as evidence for their cunning rationality. It’s just an acceptable excuse to avoid conflict. Truth is many people do not need to belong to tight groups in order to feel fulfilled about their existence. Many people do not need people at all. This over-socialization while being forced to sit in a desk listening to lectures until the age of 18 or longer in order to afford anything above poverty-level is child abuse. Abuse is rampant in our society, thankfully less so than 100 years ago, but still personal freedoms are not tolerated well. One must dedicate their most precious asset (time) to achieve ever changing status in order to have nice things and live in nice environments. Through all this we live. We get by. We exchange our old, beloved, obsolete knowledge for the hope that new knowledge brings. We keep moving, keep on with the hustle.