Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Jewels of Truth Statement: "A Self-Medicating Popular Culture"

Hello All,

In order to make up for some of my missed entries in April due to my family vacation. I'm posting a couple extra entries here in the month of May for your enjoyment.

Today's entry was inspired by a most recent personal journal entry of my own in my notebook. Figuring out one of my own mental processes during my diary entry.  I stumbled on a macro parallel that mimics a pattern in our American society. (if not other Western contemporary societies) By means of story telling in our mass media aka Popular Culture be it in films, books, video games, and music. A form of escapism is alright in a playful balanced fashion, but in excess its addictive and destructive to our cultural psyche to say the least.

As I enjoy saying without a further adieu may you find "Jewels of Truth" statement #1475 insightful.

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1475) All societies come and go for awhile throughout our combined histories as a people. What stands as mass story telling or popular culture is the stuff of legends. Some story telling is instructive and quite entertaining for those who offer hidden messages for personal growth. Not all stories have a bonafide moral to the tale. So it is with any popular cultural materials that such empty stories offer only entertainment value in themselves alone.

Any society that glorifies violence or sexual practices as a popular cultural diversion. Is unconsciously Self-Medicating itself so as to relieve the mass consciousness from the pain of daily living. An escape like no other where if practiced in excess shall only produce a mass neurosis in any culture. The perceived popular escapism comes at a psychological cost if left unchecked and/or not addressed directly. It is never a good thing to gorge oneself on tall tales to the exclusion of all else.

As in life there must be a healthy balance in all things. If not excess takes any people into several expressions of destructive addictions. That instead of a delightful escape will only produce misery henceforth. Be wary what you allow into your hearts and minds always. Amen. ---Ivan Pozo-Illas / Atrayo.