This article isn’t about Kim Kardashian’s ass. Her and her ass are just my reference point to our dysfunction as a society. It seems that our attention is perpetually focused on trivial, unimportant things…shit, for a lack of a better word. Leonardo DiCaprio, Lady Gaga, Oprah, Ricky Martin’s sexuality, Paris Hilton’s sex tape, Pamela Anderson’s sex tape, Kim Kardashian’s sex tape, Kendra’s sex tape, Keeley Hazel’s sex tape, Lindsey Lohan’s drug problem and Tiger Woods’ whore problem…a bunch of shit that no one really ought to care about. Oh, I almost forgot Heidi Montag’s boob job…the controversy that created!
We’re so obsessed with Hollywood and celebrities that we ignore the world around us. Reality TV has become a substitution for actual reality. Our conversations revolve around who was voted off the island last night, not the atrocities taking place this very moment in Darfur. The scandals on American Idol are of more concern to us than the dolphins being slaughtered in Taiji, Japan. And did you hear that the Jonas brothers aren’t wearing their purity rings anymore!? OMG!
The problem isn’t so much that we care about celebrities, it’s that we don’t care about the other things that actually matter. Why? Why don’t we give a shit? As much as I hate to admit it, I get it. I understand why we ignore the problems of the world and fill our thoughts with superficial garbage.
Looking at pictures of celebrities in bikinis is much more enjoyable than looking at pictures of babies starving to death or whales being brutalized. Watching Josh Hartnett make love to a beautiful girl in the movies allows us to escape into a fantasy world but the bad things don’t get better by ignoring them. The children are still starving. By the time you finish reading this sentence, another child has died. Climate change will happen whether you believe it or not. Governments will continue to oppress their people. Today wars are fought for oil and tomorrow, water.
But what difference can you make anyways? You’re but one person in a sea of billions. Your voice is no louder than the next person’s. You and I may never change the world alone but if we stand together with hundreds, thousands or even millions of others just like us, we do have the power to be the catalysts of change. Together, no longer are our voices small and meek but instead become a thunderous roar, one united voice, loud enough to move mountains.
“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” ~Gandhi
It’s time to forget about Kim Kardashian’s ass and unite to fight for what we believe in and stand up against the injustices all around the world. As for Paris Hilton’s sex tape…it wasn’t even that good.