Tuesday, September 22, 2009
It's the first day of autumn...an equinox of day and night. We have thick fog covering our day light and I've been thinking about our current culture of judgement. I think it started with reality shows-American Idol- Cake Wars- America's Next top Model. The world judges, points, pokes and dismisses in harsh tones and mocking laughter. It goes against my sensibilities. The current culture of snark. Perhaps I am naive. Perhaps I still cling to the childish idea that every person has worth. Every effort has meaning and no one has the right to snark. (Think of the evil stepsisters in Disney's Cinderella- why do we champion that kind of behavior?) It's a cruel world. The truth hurts. You can't be coddled with false self esteem. Perhaps, but here's the thing...if snark and judgement make for stronger better people, why isn't the world a better place?