It's just sad to think of who our role models are these days and who is bombarding the covers of our magazines. Back when Z, J, and I were going to school there were such prominent celebrities as three-time Golden Globe award winner Julia Roberts and two-time Golden Globe winner George Clooney and all the people you would associate with being friends or significant others of said actors. These actors are humanitarians and UN ambassadors and philanthropists. But no, today our society revolves around The Hills, Gossip Girl, and Twilight. I mean seriously? Our society has become so shallow and self-absorbed that we want to watch TV shows and movies that display people who are just as shallow or self-absorbed.
The same goes for our music. With songs like Nickelback's "Something in Your Mouth" or "Wasted" by Gucci Mane, no wonder we are the laughing stock of the rest of the world. Yes, we may be a powerful nation, but we are also naive and under-educated. I understand that back in the late 90's we had our share of Britney Spears and N*Sync but it seems the attitude of teens these days has changed so much. Intellectualism has faded severely with teens today. Who needs to read anymore when everything is made into a poorly interpreted movie?
Who needs to care about history anymore when Keira Knightley will just star in some celluloid dream that deals more with falling in love than actually getting the facts straight. Who needs to care about anything at all when daddy will just pay for whatever you want or bail you out of everything?
Unfortunately instead of using my own words, the thing that best expresses how I feel is a quote from the lead singer of AFI, Davey Havok:
"Hate humanity? Yep, sure do. There's such a lack of responsibility for one's actions in the world, a selfishness, and a great destruction in the way people live their lives. It's all instant gratification and who cares how my instant gratification affects those around me, or on a small personal level or a global level. The way people treat each other is truly disgusting and we've created an environment through advances in science and technology that allows for a very septic society to thrive. And we breed and breed and all the wrong people breed while all the right people don't wanna have children because they don't wanna place them in this world."