“To stare stupidly; gape”; this definition brought to you by dictionary.com, one of my favorite websites. This week, there was a pretty awful car accident in front of my apartment. I was in the ladies room, minding my own business, the window of which happens to face the street, and all at once there was a monstrous crash that seemed to last 15 seconds. The noise, the smoke, the hullaballoo outside drew instant response from me, my roommate and my neighbors. Everyone was on the street in mere moments, several people on their cell phones calling the police. Once the police showed up my roomie and I headed back into the apartment. The cavalry had arrived. My neighbors still lingered. Then the folks involved in the accident were carted off to the hospital. My neighbors still lingered. Then the car was being cut up in little pieces to assist in towing. My neighbors did not move an inch. I was fascinated. There was visiting occurring, people that had never spoken were kibitzing like old friends. The gaggle of gawkers stayed until the bitter end; until the last bit of rubble on the street had been scooped up by the clean up crew. Then, finally, the folks dispersed and everyone went back to minding their business and no one else’s.
Why is this? Is it because an event, be it tragedy or otherwise, draws humans to each other. Maybs. Is it because this occurrence was exciting, however drab the circumstances and it drew people from their pent up boring monotony to something new and different? Yep…I think we’re getting warmer. I must say, I don’t understand. Waiting to make sure people are alright or taken care of…I get that. Relishing every moment of an awful scene of carnage…staying until the bitter end…what’s the point? Even if it isn’t something as terrible as a car accident..even if it’s a happy event…like…oh…say…a Royal Wedding perhaps…why are we so overcome with a need to be involved, informed, and receiving as much information as we can possibly take in regarding situations that do not directly relate to us. Why do we continue to fixate on situations that lead us away from focusing on ourselves?
Perhaps this seems like mere rhetoric. Perhaps it seems I’m making a mountain out of a mole hill. Well guess what, I don’t give a sh*t. I’m about to make a big leap here from my car accident story so stay with me. It seems our culture is captivated by chaos and tragedy and glitz and glamour and sparkly things…more and more. Look at what we watch on TV! The Real Housewives of Topeka, Kansas…booosh*t. I realize that pretty much every person on Earth watches these shows…and I may have just offended you….suck it. Hear some truth. But first…so we’re friends again…I don’t judge you for watching the shows but I do think the shows are sad and the people on them pathetic. ANNDDD I think that by watching these f*ckers we encourage their deplorable and craptastic actions and behavior. These reality shows blow. I’m talkin Mafia Wives, Real Housewives, Teen Mom crap NOT Deadliest Catch, Swamp People, Hookers on the Point. Let’s be clear…if you’re a real life crab fisherman, Gator catcher, or hooker…I want to know your story! If you do meaningless things and the only reason you’re popular is because you consistently treat people sh*ttier and sh*ttier and continue to do outrageous things to garner as much attention as your ego driven *ss can stand….well, I think you’re unfortunate and desperate, neither of which will ever attract me to watch your show.
Lots of info here my little cheez-its. I was kind of all over the map with my thoughts this week. Let me try to rein it in. Whether it’s a car accident, an argument your watching happen in public, or a TV show about people that are famous for no reason….unless you have a vested interest, unless you are going to do something about whatever you happen to be watching…..DISCONNECT and plug into something worth while…..like…maybe…another human.