The Stupidity of Typecasting & Stereotypes
People are not simply all Black or All White?! Simply All Straight or All Gay. Live don’t work that way. Within being Straight or Gay there are countless differences. It’s as if you would say that we know only one kind of tomato or one kind of cabbage, and we know that ain’t true! The simplicity of America, Hollywood, News-Media & TV in general and how they have been depicting human individuals is simply retarded and has in no way whatsoever contributed in humanity coming together as one. The 21st Century Western TV has been driving people apart through narrow minded narratives and scriptwriting that lacks logic. All black or all white soap series. A single Arab or one Gay in TVshows as silly attempts seemingly showing you want to bridge gaps?!
By dividing into human subgroups or so called minorities, we have been catering our lifestyles to facilitate the Industry and not people. It has eased the way business could be directed towards certain groups, while at the same time giving way to extremist or radical individuals to more easily target their ignorance towards these minorities. This entire approach to our multicultural species and planet, did not bring us together but drove us further apart than we ever have been before.It made WE THE PEOPLE into an empty slogan
For example; At one time, I proposed to the city of Amsterdam to replace the Gay-Pride-Parade to be replaced by a People-Pride-Parade. I was immediately met with outrage by those who where making money from the Gay-Pride. I responded with the question, whether what they were doing was to achieve equal rights or a separate status in society? The bottom-line answer was financial gain and had nothing to do with the integration of anything at all. I told the Gay-Pride organizers that their concept as it came over from California USA, did not do me proud as a citizen of Amsterdam & Europe. I believed than as I do now that we had to create a Floating boat parade that consisted out of the many different cultures that our City has to offer and that this should merely include several boats with Gay & LGBT participants. I also told them that I believe that the present approach has to much of a sexual connotation and is more like a freak-show for provincials to come and watch than it is for-filling it’s purpose of integrating Gay people into our general communities. Whatever I said was all to no avail. Preoccupied as they were with short-term profits and not a long-term vision.
This has been the problem with any and all approaches by mass media in general. It creates opposites not mutual individual respect. It enlarges our differences into freakish caricatures.
On local levels worldwide, TV has contributed in driving people apart. Not just in gender or creed, but also in Religions. Many religions & cultures in the Asian part of our world had been living together in their major cities, until ,’for an example’, the televised Arab-Spring highlighted their differences and drove them apart. It set them against one another and lead by a minority of loud mouth radicals, they started cleansing neighbourhoods and entire cities with baseless rage. Frustrations that had their origins in a lack of education, quality of life and failed politics, were transformed into racist & nationalistic rage and polarization. Mass Media and so called news, plays a dirty role in all this. People were and are played against one another, while Politicians & Multinational corporations & financial institutions profit from their suffering selling arms in a growing but ,’false’, security industry. With the growing arms & security industry the problems only got worse and turned into a western society that is now based it’s economies on the frustrations and sufferings of their citizens.
We are moving away from a well needed growing awareness of being One species on One Planet. Egomaniacs and sociopaths are our political & business leaders. (I call upon mandatory drugs-tests for elected government officials)
Caught-up in battles of economics and proxy-wars we move away from a cleaner environment or finding harmony in our common existence. We talk the talk, but do never not ,’walk the walk’. The louder some narrow-minded haters shout, the bigger the airtime they get on media. History did not teach us anything, it seems. Looking for cheap thrills and relying ever more on gadgets and not our senses, we seem to voluntary have thrown the future of our species onto a slippery slope. To afraid to stop or turn back, we now hurdle forward into a future ever growing more uncertain.
We need to clean up our acts and see the beauty of our diversity. We people come in many sorts and varieties, with even more individual nuances. It does not matter who you are, or how you feel. What matters is, how you function within your communities, both local & Global.
The only healthy tribe, is a tribe of individuals that are able to think for themselves and are willing to take responsibility for their individual actions. No longer we should hide shared responsibilities behind presidents, kings & queens or even insurance companies that are supposed to be non-profit. These are all false senses of security and the will turn around to bite us in our collective asses. Time itself is the only true judge of our actions. This is already clear to see in how we polluted our environment and are now dealing with rising numbers of chronic illnesses. Or our rampant use of antibiotics and how bacteria and viruses have adapted to them. We need to grow-up and stop our childish infantile actions and often baseless emotional behaviour. The way you choose to live, does not need to be carried out onto the street in front of everybody to see. This is private and does not need to be on TV. Mutual respect is generated by dignity not any, in your face mentality! Show some sophistication and stop to laugh about others suffering. It only shows your lack of education. Stop provoking and start living together, it is not so hard to do. We need to provide every single person on this planet wit a roof over their heads, running water & sanitation and some food-security before we sell smart-phones and gadgets to the entire world. Get your priorities in order. Infrastructure for all needs to be preferred before countries individual tug-of-war in yearly economic growth. Live is not about Woman-rights, Gender-rights, Black, Asian or Religious rights. Life is about Universal Human-rights in general. All other roads lead to polarization and our common mutual destruction.