What if society weren't mainstream? What if everyone went against what the media considers "normal?" Could you imagine a society where no sympathy was felt for the Kardashian's, or the birth of Beyonce's children were no more important than your next door neighbors? While I have no issue with either of the two, and I recognize the fact that their lives are displayed merely for our entertainment purposes, however, this type of "mainstream" holds no value in the real world.
Imagine living in a world where people are appreciated for who they are, and not their possessions. I have a small group of friends that I converse with on a regular basis, and we have similar interest and perspectives on mainstream culture. I myself am all for maintaining physical appearance, listening to hip-hop, watching a good TV series or movie, and just embracing pop culture. But why can't we do all of these things and still be consciously aware?
Recently, society has looked to mainstream culture to be life coaches for their children. Often times, parents are upset when their child's favorite celebrity puts down the facade and reveals their true self. What you get is more of the genuine person, and less of the "commercial" image they display. So what would happen if we (as parents and mentors) displayed a more positive image for our youth? The problem is, so many adults themselves are chasing things that hold no real value. Everyone is in a race to win at all cost, and therefore lacks the ability to bring truth to question and state the facts. With that being said, this generation is at a lost, simply because what was once considered normal in society is no longer mainstream. The more uneducated and uncivilized you appear to be, the more recognition and credit you get. This is what "mainstream" wants us to buy into; a society that leaves us mentally empty and full of foolishness.
Unless you plan on conforming to mainstream, it's going to take a lot of controversy and "going against the grain" to achieve individual success. I have realized this during my quest to become a journalist. You get more recognition for keeping things trendy to the point where people worship you, or being controversial to the point people hate you; there's no gray area. Maybe I'm too "politically correct," technical, analytical (as my uncle used to say), or maybe I just refuse to conform to the "norm." But what a lot of people fail to realize is that we can continue to be all of these "cool and trendy" things, except with a few more morals and values in order to absorb knowledge to pass onto generations to come. Just imagine what society would be like if more of the "mainstream" figures would put out a more positive dialect and tackle more issues other than themselves on a broader basis, society would be much different than what it is today.
This is not about gender, sexual preference, or political choice; it's about principals, compassion, sympathy and empathy. Pretend for a moment that celebrities sold more than just an image; that artists like Tupac, J. Cole, 2005 Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco....hell, if even Bob Marley were far from few. It would be nice if the facade of Hollywood took a backseat and just kind of helped to normalize society for a second, this would show that there is value in other things and balance can be created throughout all areas of life. So many of our youth are out here hurting as parents and mentors battle their own issues. Society is at a downfall right now, young people aren't learning like they used too, families aren't staying mended like they were decades ago, and politics have rapidly spiraled out of control. Someone or something has got to wake us up or things will just get worst.
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