I’m not a celebrity, obviously. I’m not even remotely famous.
But I was listening to a comedian and he talked about the realist, deepest issue I’ve ever heard someone famous talk about.
The Social Prison.
This Prison exists in a world ran by positive feedback of mass audiences. Fans who have been gathered and gradually only gets bigger, to come together to see a person expose themselves so rawly. So roughly.
In order to keep the mass happy. Give them what they like. What entertains the human mind.
Bo Burnham is the comedian I am referring to. But his act in “Make Happy” was just so honest it made me stop laughing and really think about the entertainment industry. Honestly, the “life industry”.
As Bo performs his jokes you barely even notice how deep it gets.
“They laugh as he attempts to give what he cannot give himself.”
Happiness. To the mass. To his fans.
The world is so caught up in playing the Jester and the king roles in life. And we as the consumers of these jokes just to get a laugh can’t even understand how easily manipulated we are.
Life works the same way.
Everywhere we go we are being watched. Everything we do is for the sake of impressing someone, or making someone happy.
We dance and we sing and we jump when they say jump because well, that’s what society has taught us to do. Society says in order to get anywhere in life you need to be well liked. Popular. Entertaining.
Why are we so big on gaining followers? And I’m guilty of this, I won’t lie. But why do we try so hard to be liked? Because we think we will finally be satisfied knowing that we’ve gotten to where we wanted to be?
But here’s the truth.. Our society will never be satisfied! You’ll have to come up with song after song after song, and bit after bit after bit, and piece after piece after piece.
I think we do it in the beginning because we want to make a difference. Change someone’s life. But as you get further into the rabbit hole, that vision becomes a bit blurry.
It’s a social Prison.
Why am I ranting about this!
Okay. Do I want people to read and like what I write? Of course I do. Will I stop writing if people don’t? No I will not.
I do it because I know at least one person needs to hear what I have to say. Even I need to hear what I have to say, and that’s part of the reason why I write.
You are not forced into the Social Prison. You don’t have to stay there. People freely walk into it!
I wish I knew how to break that Social Prison. But honestly, I don’t think we will ever be able to. We run off of feedback as people. That just comes naturally.
I guess the only thing I can really say on the matter is.. Don’t do what you do without reason. Do it for God. Do it for family. Do it for yourself. But don’t do anything without purpose.