I know this is a blog/book about equanimity and peace, but I feel somehow that to really find such enlightenment is to examine just WHY it is so hard to find inner peace. I am concluding that much of the process is to avoid exposing our souls to the excrement around us (mainly coming from the main stream media). It is far easier to find peace and equanimity after physically scaling the side of a mountain with friends in the Rockies (and viewing the sunrise), than watching some reality show spectacle on a weekend night alone with a bucket of greasy fatty fried chicken.
This is due to the fact that we are all individuals living in a larger society which sends signals via images and content into our brains/minds. Like a flower, we need to expose ourselves to sunshine and clear water, not expose ourselves to darkness and dust. I feel that deep down, even those I passionately poke fun of are real people and are spiritual beings filled with love and kindness. But they are in my opinion misguided. What makes it so sad is that many of the people I mention are still so lost and insane. I am not saying I have all the answers and that I am perfect…far from it. But because of some recent life experiences, I at least have some positive ideas in the direction people should aim at. And part of the discovery and solution is to AVOID “negative energy” and soul sucking “entertainment”.
I contended before that society in general influences our lives in many negative ways. And society as a whole does not do anything to reign in such trash that they fill our lives with via the Internet and television. This starts in our childhood with advertising which makes the young girls insecure (if they are not tall and pretty) and the young boys feel weakness (if they cannot dunk a basketball or hit a flyball). Whenever I feel down, it is because I spent an hour amusing myself at the insanity all around me that the mainstream media spews out like water from a fire hose.
And a perfect example I mentioned earlier is the MTV show, “Jersey Shore”. It is just a perfect example of what is wrong with a big part of society…how society chooses to entertain a segment of our population. All the reality TV shows, I hear, like “Real Housewives of (some large American city)” are in the same trash can of Reality TV which currently dominates our television channels. I would rather gouge out my eyes before watching such filth.
On my word, I have never watched any of these shows and do not even own a television. The last time I saw television and enjoyed a show was a comedy called “Seinfeld” back in the 1990s. Other than public television (PBS), television has slowly turned into the toilet. Take for instance, the topic at hand, the TV show “Jersey Shore” and one of its characters…Mike Sorrentino aka “The Situation”. (I’ve never watched the show, just read about it via various sources.) First off, who really mentions themselves in the third person with such a moniker?? That in itself is just unreal.
Here is what a couple of my favorite comedians said about the characters:
Q: Why doesn’t Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino eat bananas? A: He said he can’t find the zipper!
Q: Most people think “Jersey Shore” is just orange people binge drinking and exposing themselves — and for the most part, it is. -Jimmy Kimmel
Q: “The plan is to contain the oil slick with fire-retardant beams, and then set fire to the oil that pools on the surface. They say if it works there in the Gulf, they’re going to try it on the cast of Jersey Shore.” -Bill Maher
Moving on about the sewer filled manure that is “Jersey Shore”, the blogspots were filled with opinions in Season 1 the guy called, “The Situation” had a huge alcohol and cocaine problem. I read that in the season they filmed in Miami, there is footage of him from the show doing a ‘bump’ off some girl’s arm. I personally have never ever watched the show and would rather be “waterboarded” than to endure one episode of this. Before my experiences with equanimity and peace, perhaps I may have been interested. But I left that part of me far behind.
MTV is filming him knowing all this with his grandiose attempt to be the most successful alcoholic on Earth? MTV should be forced to cancel “Jersey Shore” if they are buying alcohol for the house and encouraging substance abuse. They should all be investigated by the appropriate authorities and charged. What sort of aspirations does someone like Mike Sorrentino have? When the show is over, will he be like 50 yrs old and still going to clubs to make money? Once Reality TV has chewed him up and spit him out what is left? Lets see where he is in 10 years…
He recently left the show temporarily I heard because he said he had a problem with “exhaustion”. I was in the medical field, and that is NOT a diagnosis… It is called drug and alcohol abuse. I am also so sick and tired of these so called “stars” (with no talent) trying to claim exhaustion for all their addiction problems (hint: like Lindsay Lohan recently during her movie shoot about Elizabeth Taylor). They apparently have no clue that they sound like utter “douchebags” who think the public is so stupid. No, we aren’t stupid…its quite obvious that they are though for not having integrity of admitting they have an alcohol and drug abuse problem. Goodness…and this guy thinks he is anything special because he knows how to get drunk and then blow his money on cars and dope? Nope, just another lost loser who got caught up in the dying flame of Reality TV. Let’s move on to another loser shall we? But to be honest, I truly deeply feel sorry for him and pray he gets well. It will be painful, but I hope his soul recovers.
Many say that his chronic alcohol/cocaine use is not a contributing factor to his overall illness. That is plain wrong. It is the single most major contributing factor…