This is a departure from my usual posts about all things book related but I need to get this off my chest.
Why, oh why do we live in an age where absolute mediocrity is now a thing to be celebrated? Where someone who once slept with a famous footballer becomes a “celebrity” or makes a sex tape and is catapulted to fame? People with no actual, discernible talent except for prostituting themselves to the media and to a public who really have nothing better to do than to gobble up tedious gossip and fawn over someone who, if you passed them on the street wouldn’t get a second look?!
Where is the celebration of real, actual talent? Why are absolute nobodies given thousands of column inches and TV programs that net them millions in cash when they don’t contribute anything to the world we live in? They leach off the tax payer, the TV license payer and they are marketed in such a way that young kids and teenagers today are being taught that the best way to get ahead is not through a decent education and forging a career in something worthwhile. Instead, they would rather follow the examples of the Kardashians, Big Brother contestants, X-Factor and BGT wannabes. Make a quick buck to eventually sink into obscurity once the public loses interest for the public have a fickle heart.
It makes me despair when there are so many people in this world who do oodles of good and make a huge contribution to making lives better, improve the environment, work their way to the top through sheer guts and determination. Those are the people we should be celebrating.
From politicians seeking to make the world a better place (Aung San Suu Kyi) to film stars dedicating their lives to environmental causes (Leonardo DiCaprio) animal welfare activists (Ricky Gervais) – the list is endless.
Come on people, engage your brain. If trash reality TV and talent shows helps you switch off because it’s light entertainment, that’s all well and good but you can still choose something better to watch. A decent documentary, a well written comedy, a good book or a radio show.
I challenge you to nourish your souls with healthy choices.
PS and another thing; get your noses out of your Smartphones and tablets. You all look like the Walking Dead. The world does not revolve around your latest Facebook feed. Go for a walk, visit a friend, read a book – DO SOMETHING WORTHWHILE!