And nothing’s wrong when nothing’s true
I live in a hologram with you.
-Lorde, Buzzcut Season.
I keep trying to picture this world in other times. I only have music, books, journals, and what I can pull from history to tell me what life was like before this era. As I mentioned in my last post, the Hollywood version of Noah’s story depicted what looked like the end of the world, what I would expect to be the last straw before humanity wipes itself out.
Oh, right…that’s what happened. By the hand of God. He restarted the planet.
Sometimes I get scared in thinking it’s really not that far off. I’m not scared so much for the world coming to an end since fretting won’t help anyone, I’m more scared by people and how they can be so ruthless. Survival of the fittest and competition is one thing, but not in a world where we currently have the means to provide for our global population. We’re just not distributing it properly and neglecting immorality and inequity.
I like to imagine 100 years ago, with more moral people and less egocentrism.
I like to imagine 500 years ago, with increasing humility and simplicity in a positive sense.
I like to imagine…but it’s hard to imagine. I mean, was there ever a time when people really were all good and perfect and they didn’t stray from living in harmony? It seems so unlikely…and I’m not sure what sets off in the first guy’s head to do evil, but it sure sends around a chain reaction.
Explosions on TV, and all the girls with heads inside a dream…
All of the chaos we see around the world. All of the people wanting to turn a blind eye and take up the lives of rich, well-dressed, fine-dining celebrities….
The men up on the news, they try to tell us all that we will lose…
But what is this pressure we feel? To outrun the chaos and arm ourselves with riches? And then the downtrodden feeling that only a select few are entitled to those privileges…
But you see, THAT is the HOLOGRAM.
It’s so easy to see the bad. The good only ever seems to shine if it’s pure good, but bad taints it. Because NOT EVERYONE is trying to obtain those things. In fact, who really wants it anyway? When you know that happiness comes from having a certain list of things that make you safe, sound, and comfortable, how many of your lists would honestly need materialistic things?
The media sure wants us to believe that. And the media plagues the TV with horrible scenes. If it can’t cause the audience to shed a tear or gasp, it’s probably not going to make enough of an impact to get whatever feedback quota or credit it desires for that given day.
So WHAT IS the hologram??
The hologram is not seeing life for what it is. The celebrities live in a hologram because their lives consist of artificiality.
Now we live beside the pool, where everything is good….
It’s so easy in this blue, where everything is good….
Play along (make-believe it’s hyper real)…
And I’ll never go home again.
The hologram is living in that artificial life, or living in the ordinary life and not seeing the simple things that make it taste, feel, be, the things that make it real and NOT that artificial life.
We ride the bus with our knees pulled in…
I shut my eyes to the song that plays.
Sometimes this has a hot, sweet taste.
Cola with the burnt-out taste
I’m the one you tell your fears to
There will never be enough of us…
But it’s not just rejecting the hoity-toity life or embracing the simple one, it’s also about seeing the good in something overshadowed by the worse. Like how shocked I have been at times to realize how many people actually careabout finding peace and accepting people and who go out of theirs ways to help.
Anyway, just a thought. And I really like that song.