This is a response to a post on Medium by Michael Burg, M.D.
Modern people want everything to be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious during every single minute of every single day. The soundtrack of our lives must consist of either peppy, poppy music or the sort of raucous hard rock played during television car chases.
To be anything less than gloriferously beautiful or hunktacularly handsome is to be a disgusting lump of mole rat dung. The so-called "ugly" people in TV shows and movies are gorgeous too. They just don't have on as much makeup, aren't dressed in the latest fashions, and are probably wearing a pair of fake glasses.
If we aren't constantly seeking the next thrill, then are we really living?
I postulate that I fucked up my health by always seeking the next thrill. Oh, I stopped doing drugs when I was in my early 20s, but I was constantly pumping myself full of adrenaline and guilt. I engaged in plenty of high-risk behaviors well into my forties. I was consumed by self-loathing and I sought approval from abusive men for validation.
Seeking to improve one's own abilities or circumstances is a positive thing. Believing that we have to look and live like a character in a movie or television show is destructive. They aren't real.
The more I've seen the ways that the entertainment industry negatively impacts the lives of those involved, the keener I am to live an ordinary life.
~Ornery Owl Has Spoken~