- The Stranger's Welcome
- March 16th, 2011
Lately, my fiction writing for another site has been crap and my readers have taken notice. So I've started this theme challenge for myself to get out of this rut. You'll find a little more detail in my last post.
The first theme:
The Stranger's Welcome
Strangers always have the best candy. That's why as children, we don't let our parents buy our candy for Halloween --- we put in the extra effort in getting that extra special costume whether it was the scariest, most expensive or glamorous <--- by the way, thanks Fergie I'll never forget how to spell this word again (or Fergalicious for that matter). Going out of our way to get a stranger's approval is what we condition ourselves to embrace.
Like a mutt, see the treat and bend over backwards to get it. Good behaviour always results in the treat. A+ on the report card means your test is posted on the fridge, watching T.V. and behaving quietly all week means a Friday dinner at Chucky Cheeses'. That treat tastes good doesn't it? And in the same way Pavlov's mutt was trained, the process is repeated until the expected behaviour remains constant, even without the reward.
Those in charge of the media understand this concept more than anyone else. Once the teenager has been trained, the advertisement companies send out a more or less mutual idea of what should be expected; the ideal appearance, the ideal items, and the ideal social values. The naive child wanders into the world unprepared and gets conditioned into believing that the ideal-whatever, is the reward. And when people are unable to achieve that perfection, most of them either try again or give up entirely. Some may argue that practice makes perfect but it doesn't. It creates excellences, but not perfection; nobody is perfect. You see this is fashion all the time. Nothing is truly beautiful and that is why there is a magazine that keeps us updated on what's "in" and what's "out".
The bell goes off and I don't like listening because sometimes I feel that I am the only dog that understands there is no reward.
Sure, I understand that strangers may have the best treats and goodies but at what price. And more importantly, will I be able to reject the stranger's welcome before it is too late?