day 676: Turning Poverty into TV Entertainment: #TheBriefcase.

briefcase_cbs_sg_imgThis shockingly emotional CBS TV series, The Briefcase, has got us talking. Using poor people’s emotions, and manipulating them to create these very raw emotions for TV audience is like pitting dog against dog, for the sheer joy of entertainment and increasing TV ratings. i.e profits.

The poor families are faced with a heavy choice, upon receiving their fortunate Briefcase, either to keep it, lose it all, or share it, there lies the human drama, the raw entertainment, the emotional ups and downs. And the audience sitting in their comfortable living rooms across the USA, find it entertaining.

Back in 2003, I was traveling in India on a spiritual pilgrimage, many tourists, middle class to wealthy Indians are the devotees, and you can see loads of beggars en route, so there was this girl, she couldn’t be more than 11 or 12, might be even 10, for nearly an hour, she kept on following us on our spiritual walk, begging for money, and me giving her some coins wouldn’t stop her, she wanted a note, a bigger currency. Given the distance we have covered now, I was getting very worried, this child either could get lost in the crowds, or could ended up in the wrong hands.

Such is the desperation of poverty, CBS could have made a killing out of her emotions. The tension on that child’s face, her anxiety, hope, efforts, will she get the money or not, while me the tourist carrying the Briefcase could have manipulated her to dance to any tune. It could have made the TV audience stick like crazy glue to their idiot boxes.  

After 12 years now, I can still recall her face, what poverty had made her do, how vulnerable she was etc. The moment I gave a note, with a big smile of her face, she just vanished from our sight. A co-spiritual walker in a very typical new-age spiritual way, put a spin on it and said “may be the Lord came to test you”. I think the Lord should not only STOP manipulating poor people’s emotions but also STOP creating poverty in the first place.

Granted in the Briefcase, these manipulation of emotions are cruel, but there is a silver line in this dark cloud, that is, we get to see the faces of poverty, we get to hear their stories, so far poverty is only an abstract social idea, now thanks to the Briefcase, we get to hear them, see them, feel how to they feel right from the comfort of our living rooms, perhaps that’s why some really hate this show, in a very strange weird way, it questions our values.

Only few of us saw that girl’s poverty-stricken face, may be if the whole of India had seen her, they might stand up for a solution that is best for all. So who knows, just like the Briefcase got us talking, it might make us think about poverty in terms of solutions as well. The Briefcase is full of grief, unless we investigate all of it, we wont’ be able to derive a solution to poverty. 

Here are some more cool perspectives on this show: 

#TheBriefcase by Russell Brand, with his unique style of course.

299: #TheBriefcase: Is CBS’s ‘The Briefcase’ ‘altruism porn’?

Day 51: Is TV show The Briefcase an abuse?
https://youtu.be/zuxqUZtgoZg

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Desteni.org – Participate in Forums or Search Desteni Material.
Living Income Guaranteed – An Economic Solution.
DIP Lite – Free Online Course to get you started with Self Support.
DIP PRO -A Desteni Course for those Ready to Walk the Journey.
Eqafe.com – Invest in a wide range of Interviews to Self Perfection.
Equal Life Foundation – Facebook Stream for Unfolding Events.
Creations Journey To Life 7 Year Process Blogs
Heavens Journey To Life 7 Year Process Blogs
The master of war – “Be a Cure, not a Disease”.
You’re me in another Life – by Bernard Poolman
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day 675: guilt

tenseFor context listen to this video about guilt.

I was speaking to someone today about how guilt prevents us from taking real steps to create solutions. Guilt is bit like masturbation, same with feeling pity, it does in a strange way make you feel good about yourself, after all, you’re feeling pity for others, feeling sorry for others, and feeling not so great that others are suffering, and that’s about it, you have done your part for humanity, by feeling sorry for them. Yet nothing practical whatsoever came out of your feeling of pity, or sorry, or guilt. But you did feel good about your altruism. Guilt is a total mindfuck.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to use feelings of guilt to escape from taking self-responsibility for creating real solutions for this world and for myself.

What I have done is use guilt or feelings of pity to actually feel good about myself. “Look at least I feel sorry for the situation”.  Within this I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to use guilt as an excuse from taking any further actions, within the hidden understanding that ‘feeling guilt is more than enough from my part’.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to not see/realize guilt, pity, feeling sorry are all related, as they do nothing practical, other than make me feel good in a subtle way, like mental masturbation.  

So when and as I see myself overwhelmed with feelings of guilt, or pity, or feeling sorry for another, I stop I breathe, I bring myself here, in realizing that my pity for another, my guilt about the situation does nothing practical. I direct myself to breathe and not participate in these feelings and emotions.

I direct myself to look at ways to correct the situation, or correcting a pattern within myself which contribute to this guilt, etc. Here I see I am moving towards practical solutions.

Past mistakes are apparently great sources of guilt, and here I direct myself to prevent similar mistakes in the future, as they say “prevention is the best cure”. No need for pity, no need for guilt, no need for feeling sorry, correction is the focus.

Empathy however is a different cup of tea, where you place yourself in the shoes of another, and look for solutions, corrections etc. It may be that the solutions that you’re creating for the given situation will take decades to manifest, as there are no quick fixes for some problems, then so be it, the key is participating in the creation process of solutions without being consumed by guilt or pity.

For example, study #LivingIncome which is a solution for the economic crisis many feel in this world, it might take years if not decades to manifest, with your consistent participation and contribution, someday it will be a reality, however, feeling guilt or sorry for those suffering souls ain’t going to do a thing other than make you feel good about yourself for feeling sorry for them.

Investigate practical solutions before it’s too late:

Desteni.org – Participate in Forums or Search Desteni Material.
Living Income Guaranteed – An Economic Solution.
DIP Lite – Free Online Course to get you started with Self Support.
DIP PRO -A Desteni Course for those Ready to Walk the Journey.
Eqafe.com – Invest in a wide range of Interviews to Self Perfection.
Equal Life Foundation – Facebook Stream for Unfolding Events.
Creations Journey To Life 7 Year Process Blogs
Heavens Journey To Life 7 Year Process Blogs
The master of war – “Be a Cure, not a Disease”.
You’re me in another Life – by Bernard Poolman
#livingincomeguaranteed