Me and my friend were talking over the phone about how, seemingly, people are less likely to talk things out and make progress with themselves as people. You know, like when you tell someone "Hey you kind of do (insert problem here) too much and you should stop", and they either A) Get offended or B) Say yes but never manage to fix anything.
My friend, kind of sarcastically of course, wondered if the Greeks and whatnot ever had to deal with this.
I told them they fought tigers and lions for funsies. So...no.
But of course speculative evidence about B.C. people fighting wild animals doesn't mean shit. So to add to that pretense, I said "Well...people back then didn't have things to distract them. They didn't have the Internet, TV, radio, video games, movies, phones and stuff".
Which got me wondering about our society and its love of all things escapism.
When was the last time you had a conversation that wasn't about something entertainment-related? And if you had to pick out all the conversations you've had in the past 2 weeks, how many of them were about something on TV or in a movie or something?
Then even in our homes we give credence to having the screens that supply us with that. Each house has at least 3 TVs; one for each main room (The living room, or wherever everyone hangs out at, the master bedroom, and that third room that's probably yours). Think about that. 3 different screens constantly on, constantly spewing something.
Same with the computer, which thanks to advent of Youtube, can now host various videos that offer the same pleasure but at your very own convenience. And God forbid there's only one in the house; because there's probably a daily battle for its use.
It doesn't bother me to have entertainment around. We need escapism to keep our minds sharp; sometimes handling situations the moment they happen with the emotions you immediately feel isn't healthy.
Or else Wayne Brady would, in fact, have choked a bitch.
At which point escapism helps you ease your mind and return to the situation with a clearer head.
But when it becomes everything you are or your society is, when all you can point to for what defines you are pieces of temporary entertainment, then, aren't you just as temporary?