Authors James Patterson and Peter Kim in their book, “The Day America Told the Truth” (1991) asked a random sample of Americans the question, “If you could change one thing about your life, and gain one thing, what would it be?” And about half said more money while the other half said more education. This demonstrates that America cares all too much about status (education) and money (power). When a similar question was posed to the youth generation (18 through 25), the emphasis was again, “money”, and next “ fame”. When pop stars like Lady Gaga write, “There is no downside to fame…”, and Americans live in a generation like today where top TV shows are “Jersey Shore”, we can be a little worried about the future.
They did not say, “I wish I could have more time with my family.” Nor was “good health” or “inner peace” one of the priorities Americans wished for. In my own experience, it is only after they become very sick with a disease like cancer do they suddenly make a change of heart and put their priorities like “good health” in the right place. Remember always that you are a spirit having a human experience rather than the other way around. Your spirit, who you really are, have very little need for more money or for more education and more fame or more power.
For instance, in the TV show “Jersey Shore”, they showcase and award attention to youth without jobs, who basically go out and get drunk and go to raucous parties and prize themselves on their “tans” and “muscles” and other physical attributes. The youth of America watch the spectacle and are influenced by it, for example running to tanning beds with UV light which will certainly increase the risks of skin cancer. Other such reckless behaviors will inevitably result in their becoming arrested for various infractions like a DUI or battery. Similar shows on the same network like “16 and Pregnant” also highlight the wrong influences. I read on TMZ.com that many youth BECAME pregnant at 15 just to be able to audition for the MTV show after their delivery dates came to pass. The absurdity of this type of behavior is painfully realized. The reality shows emphasize the importance modern media, and hence typical Americans, put value on superficial transient qualities such as money, power, and fame.