Choosing entertainment and sources of information is an informal way of voting. By either purchasing or tuning in to a commercial network or public resource you confirm their value and reliability. What corporations that provide these would like for the public to choose is within a narrow focus.
It is a means for teaching buying habits to consumers who will enable an industry to better mass market their products. This can teach people to want the best in a way that goes beyond their financial means, but also it encourages people to believe in and even praise a mystical and unattainable ideal of what is normal. By doing so what becomes popular is reflective of an unhealthy set of values.Such sources have determined what is important in a way that has had the biggest influence on what we consider historical events. This also continues to influence the more formal methods of voting for public policy. While it may seem that today we have more choices and diversified sources many of the big corporations own those sources and will limit what is expressed there to a narrow set of values reflective of their goals.
People who are tuning in are often ashamed of their achievements, what they look like, what they are able to purchase, and how their lifestyle compares to what the mass media claims are normal. The more these corporations have power over how we feel about ourselves the more ability they will have to dictate different aspects, of how we live and how susceptible we are to their suggestion. Shame is a powerful weapon and even more so when it can't be understood because it is unreasonable and therefor unhealthy.
The different belief systems and cultures don't have nearly such a broad spectrum of morality as is often described in the media. The things that have sustained the human race reflect a sense of morality and that primarily is responsible for our survival. Compassion is a choice but not a difficult one to make. Honesty has only become seen as less important and a more difficult decision due to the ethics which are taught by industry.
People will express themselves in a multitude of ways and some will take longer to develop standard behaviors. Popular media sources would describe such expressions as the reflection of an inferior person and the expense to accommodate such differences will be exaggerated so that mass production of products and services can be streamlined and therefor more profitable. The lower prices provided to mainstream consumers provide incentives but by accepting such advantages, we sell the values which have sustained us. As a result our neighbors are often persecuted and starved of what is essential for survival.
It is arrogant, unreasonable, and completely impractical to believe that mainstream ethics which have been taught by corporations will not lead to unjust laws and conviction without trial as well as the most extreme methods of population control. Encouraging the dignity of fellow humans is not an opportunity we can afford to miss. None of our performance ability or the materials we have attained will ever be of equal importance to the compassion we feel for others.
The lack of human compassion and empathy is our most important deficit, and it is a learned response. Too often this deficit is ignored even though correcting it requires the least effort and produces the best results.
Much of what gets described as "the way things are" isn't the way things need to remain at all. When people describe an end which justifies a means it often reflects an attitude of convenience and the justification for a few to have privileges at the expense of rights for many others.
The solutions offered for human betterment and even some, which are described as environmentally responsible often come at the expense of many lives and more importantly they come at the expense, of how we feel and therefor treat other people. This has a great impact on how we see ourselves as individuals and how we appreciate the human race.
Our top priority must be the appreciation of humanity beyond what commercial standards teach. That is the hope for the future that will sustain us through the difficult times we face.
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