Gossip rags. Gossip television. Gossip sites. Fixated on celebrities and their pathetic lives. Throw in a good dose of fame and money, and voila, you’ve got stories about people’s lives which everyone eats up like hungry little twisted peeping toms. Our pathetic lives, minus the fame and money, seem so pale in comparison.
Celebrity gossip is the ultimate form of Judge-Mentality. Bullshit abounds…bullshit which really doesn’t concern us or make any difference in our lives. Celebrity gossip is nothing but mental filler, occupying bored minds with mindless facts. It is cotton candy of the soul.
Who’s pregnant and who’s pregnant with who; who is falling off the wagon or who’s got a coke problem; who is stepping out on who and who has stepped out with who; who is institutionalized and who has fallen off the deep end; who’s fashion mistake was captured by live cameras.
Photos are a must!
We cannot simply be entertained by the failings and drama of others…we must see it too! We must feel it and live it and hear it and smell it….we must experience it as much as possible without actually participating.
That’s what we are, as a society. A watching, judging, lazy culture looking for emotional fixes without suffering the real pain of life. Celebrity gossip is awesome that way. You can choose just how much you invest yourself in a situation. It is non-participatory and passive yet you can feel like you have a stake in the matter. About people whose lives will never intersect yours. It’s the television generation.
Consequently, it is also a serious waste of energy. Gossiping about people you know first-hand is a reflection of your faltering sense of honor; gossiping about strangers is a reflection of your restless sense of monotony. A busy mind doesn’t have time to devote itself to interpreting anyone’s life except its own.
Live life on an even level and pay attention to that little circle, that little bubble you call reality. Trying to burst out of your bubble in order to enter others is intellectual suicide.