Let’s not be a Brain-Washed Edition

This is a random one, something about media, how it consumes us, feeds our insecurities and I feel we are not immune.

Practicing critical awareness is about reality-checking the messages and expectations that drive the “never good enough” gremlins. From the time we wake up to the time our head hits the pillow at night, we are bombarded with messages and expectations about every aspect of our lives. From magazine ads, TV commercial, social media marketing to movies and music, we’re told exactly what we should look like, how much we should weigh, how often we should have sex, how we should parent, how we should decorate our houses, which car we should drive, what is an ideal partner, best mantra to lose weight, ideal way to live your life, best career field, ideal salary, best age to marry, perfect outfit for xyz body type, what is in fashion and what not. It’s absolutely overwhelming, and, in my opinion, no one is immune. Trying to avoid media messages is like holding your breath to avoid air pollution—it’s not going to happen.

It’s in our biology to trust what we see with our eyes. This makes living in a carefully edited, overproduced, and Photoshopped world very dangerous. If we want to cultivate a resilient spirit and stop falling prey to comparing our ordinary lives with manufactured images, we need to know how to reality-check what we see.

Advertising is an over $600 billion a year industry. We are each exposed to over 3000 ads a day. Yet, remarkably, most of us believe we are not influenced by advertising. Ads sell a great deal more than products. They sell values, images, and concepts of success and worth, love and sexuality, popularity and normalcy. They tell us who we are and who we should be. Sometimes they sell addictions.

Just I want to share is practicing critical awareness brings perspective, meaning, practicality and purpose to our lives, even if we feel insecure and inadequate at times. When we allow ourselves to become culturally conditioned to believe that we are not enough and that we don’t make enough or have enough, it damages our soul. This is why I think practicing critical awareness and reality-checking is a must, asking ourselves who actually benefits by me seeing the images, is this real/practical or they just turn my life, my body, my partner, my career, my family, relationships into objects or commodities.

Life is already challenging to all of us, we are learning, struggling and living in our own ways, Let’s not give our complete power and energy to the Media.

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