Education is not transformation. 1234 So really the whole academic fallacy is moot. We don’t need statistics. Although partisans can spin numbers to fit narratives on both sides. Leading spiritual, environmental, anthropological, and psychological leaders come to the necessity of there to be a transformed mind. This, unfortunately, occurs at the liberty of individual experience. Though the closest we ever came to a mass awakening was MLK’s march on Washington. That in the context of how far we still have to go shows that even as close as we got, (ending segregation) we weren’t even close. A mind liberated from dualistic binary thinking has been freed from the chains of western saturation of win, lose, achievement and aesthetics obsessions. Words like them or they no longer exist. Grievances, victimhood, or the inability to forgive the past is transcended. At this stage heart and head are interlinked and in balance, while the left part of the brain has been sanded over into check.
We are all us, at that stage of deeper consciousness in the contemplative mind. Both and, with paradoxical tension is to see and discuss reality as it is, and not waste time on what should be. Should be is an admirable goal. But we aren’t at the should be. We are where we are now. That is where the discussion has to take place. I don’t have all the answers. I have some mentors who’s reflections seem to be true more often than not. I observe the same truth’s more often than not. Yet this idea of one size fits all solutions continues to appear from a mass vague consciousness and every time that surfaces we must call our attention to focus. I have watched both sides of dead horse manuscripts on reactionary government posturing the last week.
I literally saw a number of people in leadership lament about a current event, and then go to the movies. It’s kind of like people playing violent video games while watching IRL breaking news sensationalism live (If it bleeds it reads) on a separate TV at the same time. I try not to think about it. People saw the news last week and didn’t even stop. It was like a walking with our hands full waiting for the next justified reason to bash or cuss out the sitting President of The United States. “Thoughts and Prayers” sure got a beating. Apparently, a new bandwagon or piggyback fanbase on Twitter and Facebook is that people don’t want people to think, or pray? If I had to choose a winner in that whole exchange I liked this post from a Canadian Actor:
Thoughts AND prayers AND gun control AND better mental healthcare AND new measures to at least attempt to prevent this. For fucks sake. #florida
— Francois Arnaud (@francoarno) February 14, 2018
I love that Arnaud is able to see both and, a key ability that some in our opining soup de jour never develop in an entire lifetime. We can do all those actions mentioned, yet we however cannot fix people. The list of political problems that exist in America, including specifically the AR-15 assault weapons ban, was mentioned by me on August 2nd of 2016 predicting that problems would continue to exist no matter which candidate for POTUS was elected. See the original post in this link post here. The circle of influence on current event individuals is worth discussing. I heard only one commentator mention the entire context of our environment. The rest zoomed in a buzzword to play partisan ‘squirrel’ all in search for a scapegoat.
Black Panther is playing about every fifteen minutes in about twelve theatres per every ten miles in major suburban and city areas all across the United States. The premiere night for the general population was the day after the most current mainstream media reported shooting in a school located in Florida. Michael B. Jordan plays, “Erik Killmonger.” A person left ‘outside’ the family of Wakanda, a decision authorities made to keep him outcast and to remain left out. A character in the film describes him as, “A monster that we created.” Do you see any irony that the latest mass media reported shooter was expelled by a school, un-survived by his parents, and ditched by his alleged girlfriend? The comparison unavoidable in the proximity of the real-life events and walking into the Marvel Studios story.
“Erik Killmonger” turned to revenge because he was left out. The violence was not something that could stop him from his determination to get revenge. He was bound and determined to meet and become what was his only remaining destiny in a lonesome mind. The Black Panther? Apparently, in Wakanda it is the end all and be all to be a king, and to be the best warrior (the Black Panther) with the best technology. To leave everybody that’s not “One of us” in their mind, out. Do you see that anywhere in real life today?
Or take Fifty Shades Freed, where Jamie Dornan plays Christian Grey, an orphan turned billionaire by winning the adoption lottery. Antagonist Jack Hyde played by Eric Johnson was the other foster orphan who didn’t get the billionaire parents. He believes his fate was to be in Grey’s place and sets off on envy, jealousy, and revenge. He blackmails women, turns violent, and has a dark side. The Grey’s had chosen Christian and turned Jack away. Jack was left out. Jack had nothing and no one. Metaphoric, ironic, eerie. Tell me you see it?
PUBG’s (Player Unknown’s Battle Grounds) is a video game for PC and Xbox released in 2017 that reached over 40 million purchases with 3 million concurrent online players at a given time. Per Wikipedia, “In the game, up to one hundred players parachute onto an island and scavenge for weapons and equipment to kill others while avoiding getting killed themselves.”
These are known as deathmatch games. Another first-person shooter game as a top seller is Destiny 2, another PS4, Xbox and PC game sensation published by Activision in the fall of last year. Per Wikipedia, “Players fight to protect the Last City from different alien races.” The expansion pack is set to release later this year to drag out consumers and gamers longevity in the game. Grand Theft Auto V, the last installment of the series where gamers can rape and beat women, steal cars, kill and run over pedestrians, and run from the police for glory. Per a Forbes article, the game was rolled out in different consoles from 2013-2015, it was still in the top ten selling games of 2017.
While there is insufficient evidence to provide these media diets as a sole problem in the negative, I don’t think a culture of media glorifying violence is necessarily positive. I don’t think the shooters in 1999 having played “Doom” one of the original first-person shooters, is sufficient enough to provide the extent of determinable influence one way or the other. I don’t think it would be the most uplifting fact also. We are cutting people out while producing violent media in games, film, musical lyrics, and literature. When a crisis occurs, the journalist media turn the volume on all those way up.
The individual free society to game, binge-watch, play, recreate, sing about, write about, all around imitate, until it’s actually happening, and people die. Then it’s only a matter of blame and default agendas. Dialogue almost cannot occur. So grab the controller, or drive to the theatre. This was just another week in the human dilemma, disguised and collaterally related to the physical, social, mental health, and individual realities of living in Wakanda.