People look beaten up, worn, tired, lacking in any succor or joy. Yet these are all people of “the greatest country on earth”. They are overflowing with milk and honey, with amazon products, and crap they neither want nor need, simply hoard. Placebo that is materialism is starting to wane. I think deep inside, people knew that the religious cult of online simulated life was crippling and negative. This is precisely why so many of us are drunk with nostalgia, yet nostalgia is an illusory sensation of superiority. If you managed to time travel to say the 80’s, you’d have absolutely nothing in common with anyone. Mainly because they would think of you as a social piriah (and, they wouldn’t be wrong in this assessment). Heck someone in the 70’s would probably think you were from John Connor’s future. Yet just as many retro nerds think that its cool to live in different eras and dredge up the past, in a way those eras had better people than today, socially more sophisticated and charming. Different times, different set of circumstances.
The very real reason that Marie Kondo became such an epic phenom stateside is because this country required someone who was legit, non white to tell us what to do, how to precisely do it, and maintain it. She could have been Go Go Yubari and it wouldn’t have made any difference in the minds and hearts of people. This country is so lacking in heroes it makes heroes out of anyone who seems pure, genuine, legit. Cutesy Jap chick to organize and straighten their life ? Check. In a positive, not mean spirited manner ? Sold. We have an over abundance of mean spirited negativity online 24⁄7 why would anyone opt to have it in their homes ?
I think what would make tidying up with Marie Kondo even more special and fun would be to get an angry black woman who also happens to be a therapist to lay into them after Marie gets through. She also collects tips and talks smack for no reason, hahah. I’m just playing, would be pretty hilarious though.
sometimes I think to myself that somehow, America used the internet to make itself more stupid than smart, more depressed than happy. People everywhere fighting for dominance in a lifestyle reality show called Instagram, where the winner who convinces people their artificial, unsustainable lifestyle is normal and didn’t require too much “work”. Everyone covets these weavers of illusions.
Within other established areas across the ether, people either waste colossal time with anti-social media or play it to win it, as if you actually won stuff lol, you don’t. Nobody does, and if they do it’s for a briefest time until dethroned like on Game of Thrones.
The illusory deception, en’masse is this : people bellabor and data mine the web’s boards, blogs, what have you in a sense of universalism “cool”, reinventing peculiarities and backwards wierdness to “stand out” from the herd. Imagine that, the herd trying not to be in it while being in it, lol…thinking they’re so not in it while fully immersed in their cult of choice.
It is good to think back of the yester years of pre internet, when life was saner, safer, and far sweeter than today. When mass shootings weren’t real but the news was. We have allot to learn of those days of stability and success, when we didn’t have crazies who were trying to ruin life and society to push their agendas of intolerance and hatred disguised as tolerance and acceptance. The cult of personality didn’t run things like a cheap mafia.