Reality shows versus spirituality

What’s so interesting in reality shows? What’s so interesting in watching a bunch of people doing nothing, just being mediocre? Is it a justification to be mediocre? To gain acceptance in one’s own eyes? “Hey, look, they are just like me, and they are on TV, so it’s OK to be a bum.” Like the great majority of scientific research done about uninteresting and unnecessary issues, such as comparing the nutritional value of organic and non-organic cucumbers and reaching the conclusion that both are cucumbers, reality shows confirm the boring obvious, without an iota of originality. Like most mainstream science, unoriginal hairsplitting gains the grants and of course, the researches funded by corporations as their marketing strategies. Of course, a cucumber is a cucumber, and of course, the research did not relate to the toxic effects of cucumbers drown in pesticides. No wonder that a system encouraging mediocrity will rarely produce real original science.


On the other end of the scale we have the comics complex where the omnipotent and omniscient hero after severe tribulations, succeeds to save the world in the last second. Gilgamesh, Oedipus and Beowulf have been exchanged with Batman and Rambos – the cheap versions of the Campbellian hero – seemingly creating the same kind of catharsis in the viewer. Modern spirituality, or rather, the self-help genre could be the derivative of this comics complex. It offers subjective Superman-like achievements in the spiritual dimension, not unlike the Catholic redemption offered through the sale of indulgences in the early 16th century. That of course does not mean that real spirituality no longer exists, only that you won’t find it on sale alongside with achieving enlightenment in three easy steps.

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8 Responses to “Reality shows versus spirituality”

  1. wayne ewald says:

    I never watched a reality show (once for two ot hree minutes) but I think a number of those modern myths do attempt to teach us something. Look for example at the movie “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and how it (or at kleast the book does) give us the question about how real relationships seem almost inpossible in our reality and yet sometimes in spite of everything, they do exist if only for a moment.
    I think going in the right direction id=s the most important aspect of spirituality and often I find the media trying to accomplish something although granted many people are not used to diiging vary far past being intertained.
    I just saw the movie last night “The Proposal” and I thought it was very good and made me think.
    On the otherhand, don’t think that I’m really against what you are talking about, I really do more or less agree.

  2. Clara says:

    Wayne, somehow Milan Kundera’s masterwork does seem connected to reality shows; he expressed the insignificance and perhaps, superficiality of existence. Entertainment, I believe, is necessary. However, entertainment does not HAVE TO be superficial, and certainly, not in such quantities as offered by public medida.

  3. Kubu says:

    reality shows.. because they are “unscripted” when they really arent? because we like to watch people make asses of themselves? :P

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