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December 7, 2014



I do not routinely watch Saturday Night Live.
Sometime in the 1970's or so... I noticed a change... a change from political satire and the addressing of social issues and problems... to dirt tactics... and personal attacks on various public figures... and the general adolescent mentality of... "who's better than who and we're here to decide it."

It isn't a stretch to say that SNL serves as something of a platform representing the "hippie" mentality... or the "rock 'n roll generation"... or... "new age thinking." I'd like to say at this point that... they do not represent me or my mentality.

It became popular during the 1970's for the entertainment industry to have grand dinners where the "peers" of a particular person would be "roasted" in a manner where jokes are made about this or that particular character trait or personal failing... and comedy is used to undress intimate and sometimes humiliating details of the "roasted" person's life.

One might almost consider this... as some sort of "rite of passage" for public figures.

Saturday Night Live practices this social rite, as well. Comedy is always funniest... it seems... when we laugh at ourselves. Those who excel at this... likely excelled at it in elementary school, as well. They also likely graduated from high school... perfecting it... and are now earning their PHd in the entertainment industry. The category of their refined talent being... "how to undress each other in public"... by NAME.

I have a problem with this mentality.

This mentality pretends that "truth" rules... and undressing each other's "faults" is just an exercise in the further perfection of our characters... and the maturing of our "souls"... so that we can live in a world without illusion. To these people "truth" is black and white... and any abberation... is a chance to call to account an abberation.

So... what is... an abberation...? and... to whom is it an abberation...?
and... why is it an opportunity for comedy... or undressing...?
and... whose opinion decides what is enough of an abberation...?
compared to what "image."
Does "truth" include the entirety of a thing... or just a part...?
Is this some sort of public circumcision...?

Last night, SNL roasted Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC's "Politics Nation."
The "undressing" came from the point of view of intellectual snobbery... like a grammar lesson from the Encyclopedia Brittanica... ridiculing Mr. Sharpton's colorful use of language... albeit grammatically unsophisticated... a form of common language and expression that I personally find illustrative. His grammar does not represent the intellectual sophistication of his philosophies.

I don't routinely watch SNL.
I don't consider SNL any representative of my hippie philosophies.
I guess that I'm just not... "that kind" of a hippie.
I believe that "truth" is always based on perspective...
and if one assumes "mastery of truth" to the point where another person is called to task... called to account... "roasted"... or degraded or undressed publicly...
if one assumes one is in charge of "declaring everyone's truths"
one is not dispelling illusion...
one is living an illusion... an egoistic illusion.
If the point is... to dispel our egos...
then everyone... should... shut... it... up.

You can't have it both ways.






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