Wednesday, May 7, 2014
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES
Who are the Joneses?
I hope not.
What about the most noted, money-making, successful artists in music, in theater, in a hit film? Are you keeping up with them?
Or are you keeping up with a new star -- an unknown who's now known -- a one-of-kind good-looker, or an odd-looking creep, an off the wall kook -- who's everywhere suddenly?
Hey, maybe your Jones is a "living large" person who has one of those umpteen million-dollar homes? Does living large inspire you, spark a desire in you to keep up with a living larger person?
Or are the Oscars continuing to obsess you -- the visions of almost famous people dressed to the nines, hair and makeup done by experts, bedecked with borrowed jewels? Do you buy clothes, do your makeup, furnish your home, go on a diet, and exercise based on keeping up with those red carpet walkers?
I dare you, yes I challenge you -- to blink-away, and put those red carpet walkers on an inaccessibly high mental shelf, and utterly disregard, dump, discard, all of your current Joneses.
Keeping up with the Joneses is an out-of-date, 20th century motivation that you've inherited from ads, parents, and grandparents. I say that all those media-manufactured famous folks are old-fashioned. You -- yes you are NOW -- you, the guy who is reading this blog, represents the 21st century, and it behooves you to continue keeping up with you and be unadulterated, bravely whatever you are.