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Discussion #25 - Attention

Everyone craves it, some more than others. Positive, negative, any way we can get it. A good example of this was the recent MTV VMA awards show, featuring a performance by Miley Cyrus. She was being talked about all over the world (#1 topic of conversation at that time in America). Her "people" obviously staged this for exactly this reason, & it's blatently obvious she's shooting for a Madonna-like adult career. Nevertheless, it was still quite shocking to see her "doing it doggie-style" (with her clothes on) on world-wide prime-time television! The shock-effect was greatly amplified by the contrast between her former Disney image, & this new one. Sex sells (big-time) in our modern culture, & (almost) any attention is good attention in show-business.

Many are secretly (or not so secretly) envious of this kind of "over-the-top" attention. It is one of the basic human needs, & the media/entertainment industry is just capitalizing on it. Regular people who seek it excessively, are judged rather harshly by society. Unless it's their business, then they are just envied. It is a big part of the human condition to want lots of attention, & be extremely jealous if others around them are getting more of it. Have you ever noticed how cranky & irate people can get, if they are not getting their fair share of "air time" in a conversation? If this is something you notice happening a lot in your life, try talking a little less, & listening a little more. (For some, it's quite difficult to do, as talking is generally a lot more fun).

It can get pretty intense, & this applies equally to men & women. The human ego is a powerful force, & one that should never be taken lightly. This force permeates every aspect of our lives (whenever there are people around). Politics, religion, business, competition, work, play, marriages, raising children, extended families, etc. The basic human need/desire for respect & attention is universal across the globe. In our personal lives, seeking it is healthy in moderation. In the show-business world, there is no such thing as too much, as it will just generate more money.

Companies like Mercedes, Apple, The Gap, Starbucks, and the list goes on and on, are all cashing in on our quest for perceived significance. We as individuals are not just looking for attention, we are looking for a certain kind of attention. The quest for prestige has been a very big deal to a lot of people for a very long time, and it always will be. Even though we are all biological creatures with a very limited and fragile lifespan, this aspect of life will never change.

The reality of human equality and our perception of varying degrees of significance are completely contradictory, and as a result, many people really struggle to get a handle on this. The best example of this would be the worldwide cultural obsession with celebrity. It's absolutely incredible the pedestals we put these people on. What most do not realize, is that the lifestyle of a celebrity is becoming so extreme and unprivate, that most of them actually envy us, specifically our anonymity. The proof is in the pudding, think about how happy huge stars like Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Robin Williams, Michael Jackson, etc. were.

We as a species love to put certain people on huge pedestals. This list also includes members of the royal families, professional athletes, political & religious leaders, wealthy individuals, etc. Just about anything that indiciates a person has an elevated level of perceived significance, and on the pedestal they go. There is only one big problem with this reality in our world. The galaxy that we reside in (the Milky Way), is approx. 13.2 billion years old. The planet we live on is approx. 4.5 billion, and the universe (which contains many galaxies) approx. 13.8 billion. Relative to this, our mortal lifespans are really just the blink of an eye. The pedestals that we put these people on are just our feeble attempt at making our physical existence seem extremely significant in the universe.

Make no mistake; in a spiritual sense we are, as most agree and believe that our soul lives on eternally. Our spiritual lifespan will make the planet's seem like the blink of an eye, as earth will likely be absorbed by the sun within 7.5 billion years or so. It's our physical existence that is extremely temporary, and temporary for all of us. No amount of money, fame, or social status will ever make the slightest difference to this reality. There are undoubtedly some who believe that money will some day buy them a much longer healthy lifespan, but so far this is more of a myth than a reality. This is the biggest reason why so many keep their noses to the grindstone in life, and are often quite petrified of looking up at the bigger picture.

Another great example of attention-seeking behavior would be all of the recent nuclear nonsense between Kim and Trump. I'm not trying to make light of a very serious situation (possibly our own species' self-extinction), but what these two leaders are/were really after is mainly global attention and respect. Often, it seems like Donald is deliberately making bad decisions, just to get the extra attention from the controversy it creates. Good examples of this would be his decision to seperate migrant/refugee parents from their children at the border, or his decision to allow the online info required to make 3d printable guns to be made available to the entire world.

The thirst for attention is largely what drives much of what goes on, on this planet. It's amazing how the diversion of global attention away from ISIS and terrorism, and onto the threat of nuclear war with North Korea (likely triggering WW3), is almost instantly changing the political landscape around the world. It's so obvious, that this global attention is the main fuel source for much of it.

Two far more common methods that some people use to achieve extra-large doses of attention in life, would be weddings and divorce. Obviously there are many far more legitimate reasons for both, but this is also definitely a big one. Think about the amount of money & time that is commonly spent on modern weddings in the more affluent countries. It can be shocking. Then there is the insanely high divorce rates in those same countries. Even those who toy with the idea of getting divorced, generate a vast amount of extra attention from the buzz, drama, and gossip that this creates in their social circles.

Another common example of the insatiable thirst for attention many of us have, is obvious in organizations such as charities, clubs, & religious groups. The volunteer positions which are always the most difficult to fill, are virtually always the ones more behind the scenes. The more high profile & out front, the less difficult they are to fill.

On a far darker note, the only real motive that experts have decided was active in the mind of the Vegas "hotel window country concert massacre shooter", was indeed a thirst for an extreme dose of attention. He had literally shopped around for a music festival when planning this, and was basically jealous of the kind of attention famous musicians get. He wanted some of it for himself. He wasn't satisfied with being a multi-millionaire, and a career gambler. This sick bastard was likely an extreme stimulation junkie as well. It seems there are some in this life who will do just about anything for a bit of fame. This is likely the main motive in most mass shootings, along with most acts of terrorism as well.

The bigger picture on this aspect of human life, is that we all have a thirst for attention. It can motivate us to achieve great things, or it can do the opposite. How we choose to channel our hunger for it, is one of the biggest determining factors of our character. The entertainment that we all enjoy in life, has got to come from the efforts of other human beings, that's just the way it works. These entertainers are going to get a lot more attention than the average citizen. It's also an excellent motivator for all of us to succeed in life. Instead of being jealous of others, let's just enjoy the healthy attention that we actually do get.
Discussion #25 - Attention

Everyone craves it, some more than others. Positive, negative, any way we can get it. A good example of this was the recent MTV VMA awards show, featuring a performance by Miley Cyrus. She was being talked about all over the world (#1 topic of conversation at that time in America). Her "people" obviously staged this for exactly this reason, & it's blatently obvious she's shooting for a Madonna-like adult career. Nevertheless, it was still quite shocking to see her "doing it doggie-style" (with her clothes on) on world-wide prime-time television! The shock-effect was greatly amplified by the contrast between her former Disney image, & this new one. Sex sells (big-time) in our modern culture, & (almost) any attention is good attention in show-business.

Many are secretly (or not so secretly) envious of this kind of "over-the-top" attention. It is one of the basic human needs, & the media/entertainment industry is just capitalizing on it. Regular people who seek it excessively, are judged rather harshly by society. Unless it's their business, then they are just envied. It is a big part of the human condition to want lots of attention, & be extremely jealous if others around them are getting more of it. Have you ever noticed how cranky & irate people can get, if they are not getting their fair share of "air time" in a conversation? If this is something you notice happening a lot in your life, try talking a little less, & listening a little more. (For some, it's quite difficult to do, as talking is generally a lot more fun).

It can get pretty intense, & this applies equally to men & women. The human ego is a powerful force, & one that should never be taken lightly. This force permeates every aspect of our lives (whenever there are people around). Politics, religion, business, competition, work, play, marriages, raising children, extended families, etc. The basic human need/desire for respect & attention is universal across the globe. In our personal lives, seeking it is healthy in moderation. In the show-business world, there is no such thing as too much, as it will just generate more money.

Companies like Mercedes, Apple, The Gap, Starbucks, and the list goes on and on, are all cashing in on our quest for perceived significance. We as individuals are not just looking for attention, we are looking for a certain kind of attention. The quest for prestige has been a very big deal to a lot of people for a very long time, and it always will be. Even though we are all biological creatures with a very limited and fragile lifespan, this aspect of life will never change.

The reality of human equality and our perception of varying degrees of significance are completely contradictory, and as a result, many people really struggle to get a handle on this. The best example of this would be the worldwide cultural obsession with celebrity. It's absolutely incredible the pedestals we put these people on. What most do not realize, is that the lifestyle of a celebrity is becoming so extreme and unprivate, that most of them actually envy us, specifically our anonymity. The proof is in the pudding, think about how happy huge stars like Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Robin Williams, Michael Jackson, etc. were.

We as a species love to put certain people on huge pedestals. This list also includes members of the royal families, professional athletes, political & religious leaders, wealthy individuals, etc. Just about anything that indiciates a person has an elevated level of perceived significance, and on the pedestal they go. There is only one big problem with this reality in our world. The galaxy that we reside in (the Milky Way), is approx. 13.2 billion years old. The planet we live on is approx. 4.5 billion, and the universe (which contains many galaxies) approx. 13.8 billion. Relative to this, our mortal lifespans are really just the blink of an eye. The pedestals that we put these people on are just our feeble attempt at making our physical existence seem extremely significant in the universe.

Make no mistake; in a spiritual sense we are, as most agree and believe that our soul lives on eternally. Our spiritual lifespan will make the planet's seem like the blink of an eye, as earth will likely be absorbed by the sun within 7.5 billion years or so. It's our physical existence that is extremely temporary, and temporary for all of us. No amount of money, fame, or social status will ever make the slightest difference to this reality. There are undoubtedly some who believe that money will some day buy them a much longer healthy lifespan, but so far this is more of a myth than a reality. This is the biggest reason why so many keep their noses to the grindstone in life, and are often quite petrified of looking up at the bigger picture.

Another great example of attention-seeking behavior would be all of the recent nuclear nonsense between Kim and Trump. I'm not trying to make light of a very serious situation (possibly our own species' self-extinction), but what these two leaders are/were really after is mainly global attention and respect. Often, it seems like Donald is deliberately making bad decisions, just to get the extra attention from the controversy it creates. Good examples of this would be his decision to seperate migrant/refugee parents from their children at the border, or his decision to allow the online info required to make 3d printable guns to be made available to the entire world.

The thirst for attention is largely what drives much of what goes on, on this planet. It's amazing how the diversion of global attention away from ISIS and terrorism, and onto the threat of nuclear war with North Korea (likely triggering WW3), is almost instantly changing the political landscape around the world. It's so obvious, that this global attention is the main fuel source for much of it.

Two far more common methods that some people use to achieve extra-large doses of attention in life, would be weddings and divorce. Obviously there are many far more legitimate reasons for both, but this is also definitely a big one. Think about the amount of money & time that is commonly spent on modern weddings in the more affluent countries. It can be shocking. Then there is the insanely high divorce rates in those same countries. Even those who toy with the idea of getting divorced, generate a vast amount of extra attention from the buzz, drama, and gossip that this creates in their social circles.

Another common example of the insatiable thirst for attention many of us have, is obvious in organizations such as charities, clubs, & religious groups. The volunteer positions which are always the most difficult to fill, are virtually always the ones more behind the scenes. The more high profile & out front, the less difficult they are to fill.

On a far darker note, the only real motive that experts have decided was active in the mind of the Vegas "hotel window country concert massacre shooter", was indeed a thirst for an extreme dose of attention. He had literally shopped around for a music festival when planning this, and was basically jealous of the kind of attention famous musicians get. He wanted some of it for himself. He wasn't satisfied with being a multi-millionaire, and a career gambler. This sick bastard was likely an extreme stimulation junkie as well. It seems there are some in this life who will do just about anything for a bit of fame. This is likely the main motive in most mass shootings, along with most acts of terrorism as well.

The bigger picture on this aspect of human life, is that we all have a thirst for attention. It can motivate us to achieve great things, or it can do the opposite. How we choose to channel our hunger for it, is one of the biggest determining factors of our character. The entertainment that we all enjoy in life, has got to come from the efforts of other human beings, that's just the way it works. These entertainers are going to get a lot more attention than the average citizen. It's also an excellent motivator for all of us to succeed in life. Instead of being jealous of others, let's just enjoy the healthy attention that we actually do get.