2000-10-28 / Columnists

Inner Voice…

The Presidential campaign has pointed out to me how much of what happened in our society is rated as a media event. Were people watching? Was it a good show? Was Clinton able to reach the people with his oratory skills? Are the new candidates coming across well?

It’s so easy to forget that very real issues and choices are involved. These days, the form that each event has is so much more important than the meaning or essence. It’s similar to thinking about grocery shopping. Have I just bought some item of food because the package was attractively wrapped?

It’s so interesting to hear about how much that we think is real is really a manipulation to make us think one way or another. I had no idea that vice presidents walk around schools with words or advice given to them on cue cards. If a candidate makes a good speech is that because he has consciously studied the techniques of good speakers? We hear about his family, for example, because it makes him believable.

When we’re looking at our mates, do we see what’s inside the person or only how pretty or how much weight he or she is? While form may be an important consideration, it has no value unless something real is inside.

Our society is so concerned about the outer shell of things, that we’re told how beauty, intelligence, expert opinions, levels of acceptability on all levels are denied.


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