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The Temper Tantrum Revolution
Have YOU got the X factor?
It strikes me that we are becoming much more obsessed with ourselves. We know our rights, we know our importance as 'individuals' and we know that we always deserve the best. To quote L'Oreal, 'We're worth it'
If we want to cover ourselves in tattoos, we can. Paint our faces, colour our hair, wear outlandish clothes, have very public relationships with the same sex, claim benefits and produce umpteen babies. We are in the land of the free. We can do as we please.
We can raise our children to the same values. "You are unique, you are the best at whatever you choose to pursue. Your opinions are important, your rights are paramount."
The effect is (scarily) a headstrong tempertantruming wave of people who cannot fail, cannot suffer even the slightest inconvenience. The problem is that society will eventually make them realise that all the expecations they were raised on were false and the results of their gluttony is misery, depravity and most of all entrapment.
As adults, some have tantrumed their way out of any jobs rendering them unemployable. They have spent any money could gather on treats and toys thus becoming entirely dependent on state handouts.
What a ridiculously cynical picture I paint, and of course it is exaggerated somewhat, but there are elements of this throughout many people, me included. When I was young and probably now, I was a good little artist. I attach evidence of some of my sketches that I did in my early teens.
You see I was quite good. But I thought I was the BEST. I suppose a great part of growing up is realising that you are not cannot be the best at everything that you are good at.
However, there are an alarmingly large number of people (adults) who haven't had that realisation yet. They still believe that they are very special.
This leads nicely onto these very popular 'talent shows' It seems as if shows such as 'X-Factor' and 'Britains got talent' drink up these folk thirstily, giving them a stage to tantrum upon, a podium to be laughed at by millions. Is it not a self made freak show?
I think much of this derives from the simple notion of 'comfort' Advertising bombards us with compliments and assertions that we deserve the very best. We believe them and buy products in appreciation.
In the West, we have become so very comfortable in every detail of our existance that we don't know what discomfort actually is. We think we do and complain bitterly to the nods and agreements of many like minded souls. We are wrapped in robes and thus expect royal treatment, however so pampered are we that in times of trial we cannot cope, we're as vunerable as infants.
I may be sticking my neck out here, but I feel that many communities are built in times of hardship or discomfort. I lived for a couple of months in Albania, where people face hardship on a daily basis, (the effects of a post communist government,) I was humbled by the warmth and love of these people who were talented and engaging yet so very, very selfless. Even in Britain now, the strongest communties are that of council estates, where people face financial hardship. Walk amongst these estates and everyone seems to know everybody else. Take the same walk in a rich suberb, you will find no one walking, only large imposing gates and expensive private cars. But...I have encroached on another subject altogether..I had better leave that area for another hub.
So back to the original title question. "Do you have the X-factor?" Perhaps you do, perhaps you don't. Perhaps when we realise that we are part of a community rich in talents and diversity, maybe then we can calm down and enjoy the show as well as our individual acts.