Anyone who knows me understands my aversion to media. I have a healthy distrust of style, motive, and standards. I recently caught myself commenting (again) on the lower fifth dialogue and attitude of dragging audience by the nose – not allowing for intellect – in a film I had hoped would offer much more. And this spurred a thought concerning the problem of demonstrating better choices against the constant drone of simplified information feeds, the assault of everyday life.
I don’t think the answer to this kind of thing is a protest or some kind of organization in aid of standing united against something. I think it’s a lifestyle. Standing, waving limbs and yelling isn’t going to affect this problem. I do think, however, the dumbing down of the world may be offset by burying treasure – planting seeds for active minds. Reward people who don’t expect it.
Like this; Improve the world – leave pieces of quality – complaining, explaining is not necessary – create quality in art, give courage and educate by example. Create something and show your efforts, your poetry and writing. Play your instrument for an audience, hang your art outside. Participate – create, learn and encourage others to do the same.
As a subset of this line of thought I’m reminded of this quote from Tim Minchin;
“…and I see it all the time online, people whose idea of being part of a subculture is to hate Coldplay or football or feminists or the Liberal Party.We have tendency to define ourselves in opposition to stuff; … try to express your passion for things you love. Be demonstrative and generous in your praise of those you admire. Send thank-you cards and give standing ovations. Be pro-stuff, not anti-stuff.”
Be alive be aware. Share things with the innocent belief that it matters. Don’t be afraid. Embarrass yourself with naiveté if necessary – but put it out there.
I’m convinced this is the answer – leave crumbs. They will be found.