“Have you ever bought something because someone told you that you should?”
Ever bought a book that Oprah recommended? Went to a restaurant because it had high ratings on Yelp? Or even bought something from a different less convenient grocery store simply because you found a sales coupon, or a online “groupon” to use? This method of choosing things, is a lot like how most popular kids in high school ended up dating a lot more than everyone else. Ever since anyone could remember, everyone who knew anyone always wanted to date the popular guy; the jock, the athletically talented, the guy that everyone else knows and bows down to. It’s been a worldwide phenomenon, especially in America. America has wrapped it’s television viewers over the wants to date the prom queen, the hopes to date the captain of a rugged sport, or the youngest richest spoiled kid at school. With titles like High School Musical, She’s All That, Gossip Girl, CW’s new series HellCats, 90210, Glee; it’s always been the cool, in thing to do, to fall mercilessly in love with someone popular.
The truth is, everyone who is popular ends up pathetic. Not only that; everyone who wants or ends up dating them, are shallow. Of course, there’s a narrow obvious disclaimer that there are almost some exceptions. But, for the most part, it’s pretty much true. Why would you buy a book from Oprah, what gives her the right to blindside you with her recommended merchandise? Does Oprah know you? Has Oprah built a profile of attributes that she can compile to provide any effective description of you? What makes Oprah so important that she should be your, your signature, your personal, life adviser?
The problem is not Oprah, Oprah is one person who likes things and tells people about those things. She’s not the problem. The problem is in the people who’ve consistently watched the show, they’ve let themselves become mindless drones set on finding direction. A loss of direction and the tragedy that anyone would follow the very first person who can give them that direction, is none other than the equation for someone who is shallow. Oprah is the prom queen. She’s the mother bee. And today, the modern day adult who buys her merchandise simply because it has an Oprah sticker on it, are the exact replica of the millions of kids who’ve long awaited and dreamed of the almost impossible day that they would hold hands with the quarterback of the football team.
Shallow people are worthless. Their plagiarized opinions, which ideally have originated down from the appealing thoughts of others, have practically nothing unique to say. They’re a plague, an actual defined zombie experience. And popular kids, unfortunately they’re no better. If you’ve seen the television shows, the movies, the media, you’ll understand that these popular kids have to follow a certain way of life simply to appease everyone’s image of them and sustain their popularity. No matter how much a popular kid loves modern contemporary dance, he or she can’t try it. They can’t attempt it. It’s too weird. You’ll see this a lot in Glee, jock wants everyone to think glee club is cool, it’s obviously not, so he ends up getting flack for it. In this way, shallow people control the popular kids at school. If for some reason the shallow kids lose interest, the popular kids fall off the map.
So who comes out on top? The more important question, after high school: who ends up being the most socially effective person? We’ve concluded that it wasn’t the many shallow people who’ve spent most of their teenage years worshiping a false idol. And in some way, we can come to our own, personal, unique, and inventive, conclusions as to what happened to most popular kids from high school, who didn’t have football scholarships or something of the same significance. Who then? If both these parties have been lost in defeat, what person coming out of high school would be the most socially acceptable after graduation? There are nerds that learn to become socially acceptable, it’s true. There are goths that become socially acceptable, and there are people from less popular sports that become socially acceptable. However, there is one candidate, who logically speaking, would tower over all others when it comes to social ability after high school.
Competition of Egos
Have you ever wonder why none of the big countries go to war with India? I’m not talking about Imperialism; I’m talking about actual declarations of war. (Don’t worry; this will tie in to the idea of popular kids and social hierarchy) In World War 2, why did Germany go to war with most of Europe? More interestingly, why did Germany ally themselves with Japan, one of the more technologically advanced countries in the universe? Why didn’t Germany just take over small little countries, why was it bigger countries like France and the UK? Political science teaches this as the competition of egos. Germany, Adolf Hitler, they went to war with countries with advanced technology, strong military, supplies, etc. What would Germany have accomplished going to war with India? What’s in India? There’s no military in India, their technology isn’t as advanced, and they don’t have very much to see in supplies. There wouldn’t be a lot to profit by going to war with a country that doesn’t have these things.
It’s the same with the social structure of popularity. You don’t see the popular football athletes going to war with the stoners. Why bother? You don’t see the cheerleaders giving a slight glance at the nerds in the computer lab. Even the slightly social student body, nobody really cares about them socially. They do their job, nobody bothers them. So who would the popular group of kids have to go to war with? Who clashes with them? Who irritates them? Who is so powerful, that that person can steal the thoughts away from popular kids and make a dent in their social beings? There has to be someone that has those properties. More importantly, if this person can rise above the popular kids, separate themselves from the shallow kids, and in some way have the same social rapport as popular kids, logically, this person, would make it out of high school as the social pinnacle of an adult social hierarchy. Who then, has the best chance of that?
. . . enter the anti-hero.
To be continued. . .