Essay: Life Isn’t a Movie.


Life Isn’t a Movie

So you want your freedom? You’ve been watching movies since you were a small child, from Disney to Kubrick, from The Flintstones to Psycho. You’ve always watched TV shows, dramas, sitcoms, and Sci-Fi shows. In every show and movie you’ve ever watched, there’s usually a message at the end to learn from. Therefore, the characters have to have personalities that work together to create a plot. Actors play the character that they’ve read off of a script. All of your life you watched actors acting, when you were young you didn’t realize that who they were was a creation. You thought that that was the way that people acted, that’s the way you were supposed to act. Understandably, some script personalities would have interested you more than others.

Cinema has given us a false template on how to live our lives, and what to expect from them, just like any system of beliefs. Movies that take place closer to reality can show many sides of life, however, it is rare that a movie shows all of them. Additionally, shows and movies will never show every aspect of the struggles of life for everyone, because, obviously, we all go through different things. For example: Disney gave us the vision (and still creates) a life that is full of wonder and friendship, and your goal is to fall in love.  If you’re like me, then watching adult comedies as a child taught you that life was about having fun and making mistakes. The main character, the person you’re usually supposed to identify with, was some very ignorant individual who didn’t care about anyone but themselves.

Learning about practical human behavior from National Lampoon films during your crucial learning period skews your perception of life. To add even more confusion to my childhood, there was just as much of John Belushi and Chevy Chase as there was popular child development shows such as Blues Clues and Bob the Builder. Watching TV and believing that what you saw was all that life had to offer is an awful way to grow up. This tunnel vision is common among these past couple generations because, as a kid, outside wasn’t as fun as cartoons.

The goal of the movie industry and show executives is to make money off the belittling of standards, which entertains us, and creating a world where everyone works in a fit and standard way. Movies have taught us how to live, and taught us to expect a slow beginning, a climax, and a result in our favor. When life gives you a beautiful situation but you can easily think of a scene that would make it better, doesn’t it hurt? Don’t you wish you could be grateful and enjoy what you do have? It has been said that consumerism is the new religion, but it is the theater that is the new church, it is the director that is the new pastor.

Characters in movies and shows are very fascinating. We want to be like them, regardless of what that does to who we really are. We want to be like that one guy who everyone loves. Isn’t that what everyone wants, to be loved? This insane jealousy follows us from childhood: to be someone else, whether we know it or not. It can drive us and what we do. That’s the reason people have such a hard time “finding who they are”. Because cinema has given us false expectations of the real struggles of life.

As a solution, I propose, we should not watch anything and end this once and for all: for a better tomorrow.

A better tomorrow, where children grow up in the real world, rather than in the fantasy realities created by insane writers funded by greedy men. A better tomorrow, where we are free to think about the way people work in our own way and strive to be who we want to be ourselves, and not to be some character from the screen. We should take out these people who control our minds and free ourselves from this New-Age stealth brainwashing system.

Although movies and TV shows are great entertainment, taken the wrong way they can ruin a person’s perception of life as a human. Moreover, it skews the way we see ourselves. Yes, life is a journey, but do not expect it to be one as epic as they are in movies. Hence, to free ourselves from this world, we must turn off our TVs and never go to the theater again. In order to accept your sorry self and continue your mediocre life without becoming depressed, simply hide from storylines and characters. It is not hard to do; simply read a book. Books do not contain such nonsense.

This essay was written by me, it was for an english class I took awhile ago. If you like it,  tell me, if not.. tell me you liked it anyway:)

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