Image Addiction – Part I

“I ain’t got nothing, but I look good.” (God’s Plan – Drake oficial video)

To introduce the topic of this article I’d like to start with a great excerpt from the book The Four Agreements written by Don Miguel Ruiz in 1997, that says:

What created the harmony and space between the light and the stars in the Universe is Life or Intent. Without Life, the light and the stars could not exist. Life is the force of the absolute, the supreme, the creator who cares everything. (…) Everything in existence is a manifestation of the one living being we call God. Everything is God and he came to the conclusion that human perception is merely light perceiving light. He also saw the matter is a mirror – Everything is a mirror that reflects light and create images of that light and the world of illusion, the Dream, is just like smoke which doesn’t allow us to see what we really are. “The real us is pure love, pure light,” he said.

There is so much food for thought inside that small paragraph, one thing we can ask ourselves is – What are we reflecting nowadays?

I want to develop this thought based on the observed behaviours of the generations X and Y’s respectively, although we could have had the same contrasts a few generations ago. I don’t know how many of you had a picture in your mind of somebody taking a selfie when I’ve mentioned “generation Y” above. The other day I went to an event promoted by a famous brewery at a beautiful park in Sao Paulo and I thought I had had entered a time machine that took me back to the 80’s. There I saw a lot of people dressing the same clothes as that decade, wearing the same colors, fabrics, patterns, and layers… I saw them holding beer cups and talking about nothing or even worse – staring at their cell phones instead. The music was from the 70’s which brought me a particular relief, but my inquiry kept on going… And yes, I saw a bunch of people taking pictures of themselves at the parking lot when they were arriving at the event, then another picture holding a beer cup, then another showing their shoes(!)… Of course they took pictures of their accessories, emphasizing their shades, their purses, their lipstick color and all together in a selfie with an uncanny pose. I guess that from their followers’ perspective the “influencers” were having fun at the event and they were #slaying #lit #legit #swag”, right?

Wrong! It’s was not about being their authentic selves and enjoying the party as I we may think, it was all about “checking in” and showing off their looks. But for what? That brings me to a brilliant conclusion: there were no difference between the people who actually went to that event and the people who stayed home at that same very day. Probably the people that stayed home were enjoying the event more than the actual people that were there trying to find the right angle or the filter, effect or what not to amp their selfies. Thinking back to that day, I actually think that that was the purpose of that event, maybe I was at the wrong place, or maybe it was just a stage to advertise a product and perhaps (from afar) you could have fun on the side. Did I miss something or I’m too old to the way people have fun nowadays?

I’m sharing from a very personal perspective here, I can’t recall how many times I was invited to go out just to take pictures of another person, and my answer to your question is  – No, I’m not a professional photographer. So what the heck is going on here?

Do you see where I’m going? I guess you’ve heard about the many losses by suicide we’ve had on the past week, these two people that committed suicide represented the American DREAM: they were all well educated, rich and famous. But what do they could possibly have in common with the “selfie generation”?

If you can, please read the third paragraph of this article again.

I like that part that states “the world of illusion, the Dream, is just like smoke which doesn’t allow us to see what we really are. The real us is pure love, pure light.”

Question: How can we see ourselves if the “smoke” that covers our light is celebrated and exalted by society more than our “light” itself?

How can we truly see ourselves if the “smoke” is all there is? Or better saying, the only thing that people want to look at?

Can you guess what the “smoke” is?

*I’m going to continue this observation to conclude my thought, but I’d love to hear from you. If you can, leave a comment bellow and invite your friends to this conversation. I have no reason to be right or wrong, I just think it’s important to ponder what really matters – the picture posted on social media, the “like” you get from strangers or the experience we live? Which one we cannot repeat?

Published by Talent Life Coaching

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