“The more we retreat from the culture at large the more room we will have to carve out lives of meaning, the more we will be able to wall off the flood of illusions disseminated by mass culture and the more we will retain sanity in an insane world.”
— Chris Hedges

 

I tend to walk a fine line between retreating from popular culture and embracing it. Part of it is my upbringing. I grew up in the 60’s before I knew it was bad for you. Most nights I would spend multitasking decades before it became popular between watching tv and reading a book. I am somewhat embarrassed by the number of theme songs that have gotten stuck in my head and that I can still recall at a moment’s notice (HR Pufnstuf anyone? Of course the Sid and Marty Krofft shows nominally for kids were pretty trippy and subversive for their time.) These days I watch much less, preferring to spend my time in other ways and what I do watch is sans commercials yet I find culture to be somewhat of a double edged sword. It both influences and reflects what is going on societally today and one ignores it at his peril.
Yet that being said, I do find it possible to move in the world but not subscribe to it. Use it as a cultural barometer yet not feel obligated to let it live in my skull as it were. Where once I embraced it, I now find a quick hand shake (occasionally head shake) to be sufficient. I would rather spend my time either making art or hanging out in nature meditating or reading. Oh I am still as caught up in illusion as the rest of us but at least my illusions are mainly my own.
Blessings, G

 

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AndrasAndras (#63 in Goetia Series) by G A Rosenberg

 

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