A Blast From my Past

This was first posted in February 2014.  I think it is still relevant today.  What do you think?

Reflection versus direction

In this day and age almost everything we say or do can be broadcast to the world.  You never know if your picture is being taken on the street or in the shops.  Movie cameras have moved into our workplace, our leisure time and our wars.  We have instant information at our fingertips.  But I have a question for you:  does the instant relating of news serve as a reflection of what is happening or is it directing us.

The whole strategy behind marketing is to influence people in their decision-making.  If one soap brand has a really cool commercial, they will probably end up with more sales than another brand.  So, it stands to reason that if the newsmakers present, for example, a war with the appropriate packaging it will be accepted more easily by the general public.  We want our world neatly packaged and delivered painlessly to us.

Who was it that said you can never be too thin or too rich?  Well if you’re too thin you die and if you’re too rich, ummmm, I’m thinking.  Okay I got it!  If you are too rich then you become insulated from the human condition.  Okay maybe not.  I’m not too thin and I’m not too rich.  What I am is too damn tired of Hollywood and its environs telling us how to look, how to act, how to think, how to live.  They’re trying to mold us into perfect little automatons.

In order to be yourself you have to disregard the advertisements that tell you what shampoos to use and how your makeup is to be applied, how to dress. If we can be true to ourselves and honour the person we actually are and not the image that society wants us to project, then I believe we have a chance. We need to raise children to be forward thinkers and not sheep-like followers.

I don’t have any children so why am I so concerned about other people’s offspring?  Simply put:  other people’s kids are our future.  If I love this world then I should want it to continue.  The only way that will happen is if we have people at the forefront who care. News needs to be analyzed and marketing gimmicks need to be dismissed. The truth is there, it is just sometimes difficult to see.

I was raised by parents who loved me.  They never taught me to hate.  They did teach me to care.  And I do care.  I care about the atrocities I see happening in other parts of the world.  I care about the horrible greed that exists around so many of our politicians.  I see hate, I see rage, I see iniquities, I see despair and I see fear.  What I also see is love, understanding and compassion.

I also see hope.  Above all else hope will save our world. If we stick together, we will overcome adversity and we will flourish. The world is ours.



19 thoughts on “A Blast From my Past

  1. Murphy's Law

    Pam, your post is definitely relevant today, and will be 5 years from now. We can’t all be leaders, but I don’t believe being a “follower” means we lose our ability to think for ourselves so we can make an informed decision.

    Some people seem to be too damned lazy to ‘think’, so they let others do it for them and then they complain at the top of their lungs when they don’t like the results. All that energy wasted on complaining could’ve been spent on thinking and making a decision on their own. But then they would have to “own” their decision and accept the consequences.

    The influence Hollywood and ad campaigns and television have on us, most especially our young, is downright scary.

    I love your painting! And I wasn’t pressured by Hollywood to say that! Lol.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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  2. dweezer19

    “All the world’s a stage and each must play a part.”~William Shakespeare. I will agree Pam but would also add it isn’t merelynthe glitzy of Hollywood trying to influence people into puppets. It is religion, politics, education, advertising, school systems…..
    It seems to be that life has become about conditioning humans rather than understanding the human condition. 😞

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  3. Mark Lanesbury

    Thankfully there will always be both sides of the coin to experience and feel their meaning, that way we will learn and appreciate what our lives mean and move towards healing and be in that loving space that we all yearn for. It is only our fears that keep us off that path.
    Great post Pam 😀


      1. Raymond Eric

        I was on here going through profiles and so luckily i came across your marvellous and charming picture of you,
        and your post ,which really draws my attention to get in touch with you and also i really love your profile.
        Where do you live?

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      2. quiall Post author

        Nice to meet you Eric. I am in Canada. It is snowing with a temperature of -24C wind chill (11.2F) . Hoping for a little more warmth! Where are you?


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