Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Several times a week, I think "I really should make a post on the Little House blog- the folks there are so crazy loyal; and worth talking with..."
And then, searching my brain for something worthwhile to talk about; I come up pretty empty, except for all the horror stories rapidly escalating around the entire world... and who needs that?
You all know the world is a horror, and the trends are worse. What we need of course is to find some way to come through it.
Without attempting to summarize the tome it would take to document why "popular culture" is a complete waste of energy and dead end for our species - I'll just note that probably many of you are in a fight, as I am, to get our children to see "the real world" - without it being filtered through their smart phone, iPad, video games, or latest dystopian megablockbuster movie series.
"Hey- kid - look at the dragonflies; they're catching ants with wings right over our heads!"
"What? Oh. Yeah, very cool, daaad. Can we watch a movie tonight?"
This is horrifying. Intractable. Universal. And I believe deadly dangerous for the world.
I'm re-reading "Anne Of Green Gables" at the moment- by myself, not with Smidgen. Nothing bad about that, I still read stuff out loud with her; but this is just my current research.
Then today I found this announcement that a wonderful Japanese TV serial is being dubbed in Tagalog, for the Philippines. Very successful entrepreneurship...
Anne, and Laura of the Little House series, and this Japanese girl Amachan, - and back about as far as you can go in popular literature - all start out impoverished, desperate, and struggling. Our hearts go out to them. And by the end of the book?
Anne winds up the top scholar for an entire province, Amachan winds up an actual rock star, after picking seaweed, Laura winds up happily married, well off, and a newspaper columnist... Even Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm winds up well-to-do.
And these are the stories we give our children, to build their dreams on. More current stories are the same; think them through. How many of the children reading these stories have any hope of matching these outcomes?
Very, very - very few, is the answer, and the vast majority know it by the time they are 12 years old. Their future does not include becoming a rock star, or getting a full scholarship to Harvard - or anything, in fact, that the world will see as "remarkable". They are just plain kids; with just plain lives to live.
Where are the role models in literature for just plain people - who live just plain lives - happily, and contentedly, without constant envy of those "better off", and endless dissatisfaction with their world?
I'm not even sure how I would go about writing such a short story, let alone novel; models to build on are - nonexistent, as far as I can remember this morning.
The knowledge that their future is without fame or a moment on stage with crowds cheering wildly - leaves the great majority of kids feeling hopeless, forgotten, and worst of all, useless. Bleak. So? What the hell; drugs, party, indiscriminate sex, tribal hatred - why not? No point to any of it, anyway.
How would you build a Japanese TV serial that told the wonderful story of - a common, satisfied life? Or say, a hugely successful American TV reality show about - real, common folks; happy with their fate and place; every day?
Those are the models we desperately need. The concept is so different- you might even be able to sell it, commercially. Life is worth living; common lives very much included. I believe.
Some of you are writers! Please - see what you can do. And pass this on to your writer friends.
Yes, the fate of the world may depend on it.
Posted by Greenpa at 8:55 AM