May 4, 2015
Here’s what I found:
Article about Kim Kardashian’s selfie album with certain “assets” prominently displayed
(Are you kidding? That article was certainly left untapped.)
Self-importantly presented reviews of movies
An “is she or isn’t she engaged” story
Lawsuits in the entertainment world over infringement
A “save our shows” survey
Grammy awards minutia
Someone who wants to see male nudity on HBO
Pop culture monkeys
Celebrity tax evaders
article on some kind of celebrity juvenile bickering
A lip-syncing story
I have probably bored you with this.
Yes, here we have an insipid list of supremely forgettable cultural clutter. (There’s more just from this one issue of USA Today, but let’s leave it to fade into tomorrow’s oblivion.)
Could not the title of this section be more accurately named “Entertainment “, or “Silly Diversions”, or “Escape from Reality”?
Do you know what I believe drives this Pursuit of the Unimportant?
It’s the universal longing for transcendence. We are made to worship, and we long for engagement with something or someone bigger than ourselves. The trouble is that we so often look in the wrong places – places that drain rather than give life.
So we feed the need by entering into fantasy ideas about other people’s so-called lives, dumping a random selection of them into a newspaper section entitled “Life”.
When we misdirect our built-in need to worship, we muddle into mediocrity and meaninglessness. Without meaning, what we have left is an endless round of daily trivial pursuit and escapism. (Or in some cases, violence and endless criminal activity.)
Real life has nothing to do with what USA Today editors evidently think it is.
There’s a better way!