You Are What You Eat

By June 8, 2018 December 30th, 2018 Personal

Countries, just like our bodies, reflect both inside and out the kinds of things we put into them. A society is made up of millions of individuals, and when those individuals insist on feeding on garbage, then we can’t be surprised at the products that society produces.

Isn’t it interesting that the people who get their news from Comedy Central, the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel or any other late-night host, or watch Keeping up with the Kardashians more than they read books, are all the most surprised and upset that a reality TV star is president?

You’d think that would be what they’ve wanted all along. I mean, the state most upset (judging by the number of calls for secession), California, elected Arnold Schwarzenegger as their governor. They should be the LEAST surprised that this happened.

But it did. Whether you’re happy about it (*waves*), or upset (I feel you) or you just don’t care because there’s a new episode of Game of Thrones, the fact remains that a large enough number of citizens of this country were sufficiently angry about the state of affairs that they believed a reality TV star was the best option to fix it.

Now, there are problems coming from both side of the aisle (unfortunately we only have one aisle, apparently, but that’s a different topic), and if you’re unwilling to admit that, then you’re part of the problem. Both sides are guilty of feeding their “bodies,” their society, with garbage, and both sides are guilty of acting on emotion rather than common sense.

I’m not saying that Trump is president because the left subconsciously wanted it (I’m no scientist, but wouldn’t that be crazy?), I’m just saying I think it’s funny that the main audiences for these types of shows, the main population of Hollywood, are the ones most upset that he’s in politics at all. I’m also saying that when Trump began his campaign, none of the “smart,” funny, stars took him seriously. They ridiculed, they joked and even mockingly encouraged him. And you know what happened? So did their viewers and fans. And they continued to do so until it was too late to actually do anything about it.

And none of these late-night bastions of morality have the guts to admit that they helped make their “worst nightmare” a reality.

Smart people don’t forget the simple fact that these people are entertainers. They’re there to make you laugh to make money. Nobody became a comedian, a movie star or a news anchor out of the charity of their heart. They did it because they’re good at making you feel the emotions they want. And that pays their salary.

Do you get your science from Bill Nye? Or find out the important issues from Facebook’s trending section? Do you get your economics information from YouTube pundits? Or your investment advice from Twitter polls? If you don’t know what your opinion is until Stephen Colbert tells you what it should be, maybe you should turn the TV off and figure out your life.

Aaron J. Webber

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