Stasis For Standards…

“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.”
Booker T. Washington

For those of you have been following me and my many transitions over the years, you know I like to discuss media, and standards. I was in a discussion the other day with an instructor of mine. I’ve been assisting her with the research portion of the updating process of her book. She was explaining to me a few theories she had about television viewing, and also discussed with me the findings of a research project that was financed by Cosby with regard to his show during the 80s. I’m always willing to suspend judgment and explore situations objectively, and of course my interests was piqued.

In a society that is as media saturated as modern United States of America, it can be difficult not to assess your abilities, your ambition, and your goals by that which you see being portrayed in the media. As I state in several places in my book, “The Better You”, you have to envision yourself as your better self, as the better you. Unfortunately, and maybe fortunately for some, that can often mean simply seeing yourself with financial gain and matieral spoils. Everybody’s rut is not the same rut however. Pfizer the drug company is not a wall street holding because of poor people, trust me on that!

There is a misperception that either money banishes all human ailments, or that the human ailments of those with more financial stock than we have presently are better than our own. Read that again as I type that again:”…there is a misperception that either money banishes all human ailments, or that the human ailments of those with more financial stock than we have presently are better than our own.” It would be insane for me to call that logic “insane” on a blog that refers to itself as the “asylum”, so I’ll let you work that premise out and see how often you return to the same conclusion. The chaos that you have to overcome today is yours. NO matter how much money you throw at a problem, if you don’t fix you, you will only be a pitcher of dollars and a magnet for debt.

Many of us are pulling our thoughts right out of the television. Many us are pulling our ideas, our hopes, and are allowing our drives to be pulled into what we see on the television. Like it is said in many circles, you are being told a vision. The media is literally, telling you a vision. I am not one to say that that is a bad thing or a good one. There are pros and cons to most things in life. THere are great grey areas to many things in life. One of the pro’s is that yes, what you are fed by the media as far as standards and material possessions could be used to fuel your activity. What you are shown of the lifestyles of the rich and famous, or filthy rich and often barely known, can be a catalyst for your motion into a sphere in which you are able to harness your ordered self to conquer the chaos of your life. It can be the carrot that drives the mule. The con is that everything you see in the media is not intended for all audiences, viewer discretion is advised.