What is Being Communicated?
Today the popular culture of our time is full of negative messages. Do the media believe viewers can be scared into staying tuned to the catastrophe that awaits us next? Is happiness to be found in material acquisition? Ask you’re self what is being communicated today?
When you consider the present state of popular culture, it’s not that shocking that the original meanings of happiness and virtue are vanishing because of materialism, greed and communications that seem to say: it’s OK to be opportunistic, ambitious and to succeed at any cost. Advertising/display/direct revenue needs drive most messages by selling anything that can provide a quick fix, for what I have been describing as “survivor fatigue.” Popular culture seems to offer up a weird kind of modern happiness. There are new age ways to be happy, healthy, and more attractive. The message is often, that you too, can be a celebrity in your world. What is also insidiously communicated is a message is that, old-fashioned happiness, takes just too long. The collective wisdom also seems to communicate the foolishness of trying to be a non conformist, or dare to think you might know what best makes you happy. You can’t do this on you own, the message seems to communicate. The sales pitch warns that if you are smart you will buy into what is new, bigger and better. The merchant’s stress that you must understand their system and realize your home made remedy is crazy, their products are the best research and technology can offer. These new age inventors have insights and new ways to help you. The old ways of doing business are like laws on stone tablets to be broken. They seem to reassure anyone who broke the old laws that it’s really OK, because everybody has done it, they continue with the spiel, reassuring – they can rehabilitate you! Just use your credit or even no credit to make monthly payments and receive the proven drug, and support service, it’s available for a short time – it won’t last (that part is true) and it is available for four payments of $19.95. But wait, this opportunity gets even better; you can double your order and share it with a friend, if you buy it today! Don’t be fooled and think you can do this with patience and self will; you do not have our professional expertise you will fail if you go it alone. Order now! Upgrade our plan after you have tried it and return it at no cost to you if it does not work for you. This is the 21st century and modern consumers demand instant gratification, don’t you!
I have doubts about the new age of wonder cures for all that ails a person can experience. I would rather struggle and pay tribute to God in my weakness. But wait, I have a more novel concept! Problems can be good. See the positive in one’s illness – I have to warn you – my message is not one of glamour, fame, fortune, – but wait- if you accept my offer for free, please read on, otherwise ignore what I have to share with you…
Good I am glad you are still reading, it will cost you nothing. If you use my communication and enjoy the message, share it with others, I will be happier because you did not buy it. Research and development of my product took years. But the time was worth the wait. The label for my product reads like an old recipe, or may be an out of style New Year’s Resolution, but it’s not intended to be filed away or broken, and I do not care if it is out style or even politically incorrect in 2009 – it is what I believe in and what you also believe in – because you are still reading…
I resolve to find time to wait and to practice old fashioned time consuming prayer! I do not understand how this will work, but I have faith it will work. After time is spent praying, I will expect improvement, and to receive insight about how I will best spend my time. I don’t ask for much: talents, skills, happiness. I will sometimes work without pay, to serve others. I will seek and expect to find a school, hospital, church, or child who needs some of my help. I will turn off the media and replace the sales pitch, the bad news; with new time consuming work. I will remind myself, time is not running out, I can even take time to enjoy work. What do I need? What tools will best equip me to produce the desired results for my effort? Who can assist with this work? What is needed by those around me? I am free to volunteer to perform many different tasks because of my skills, my co workers and our tools. The elderly, disabled, children, church members, students in schools, or other organizations might benefit and enjoy what we can offer them.. There is plenty of time and opportunity to for me to be successful! Last I want to remember It’s possible to be more happy by offering something to others that is free, than by buying my own happiness.
In 2009 I am planning to upgrade my old tool chest. I want to appreciate the things I enjoy: art education, art galleries, art therapy activities and my personal artistic pursuits. I will start with the time consuming practice of praying and not question if prayer, can take too much time? I will believe that prayer can actually save time by eliminating decisions to pursue the wrong work! I will nurture a faith in the great promise of prayer to make me more positive, opportunistic and ambitious in service to others.