But a question...
why do so many people enjoy watching American Idol?
We watch the first couple of weeks because it makes us feel normal when we see the people who can’t sing and compare how "awful" they are to ourselves. Sometimes, it seems, we take pleasure in diminishing the value of another because we somehow gain the points they lose.
This shows up in our speech when we start off sentences like:
- "I can't believe that they..."
- "Did you hear about..."
- "You'll never believe the news about..."
Again... the exchange of points.
How much of our esteem is based on points? Someone gives a compliment and we gain points; someone criticizes and we lose some. So to compensate the whole matter we put ourselves into situations or entertainment that helps make up the point difference. I saw it the other day on a TV makeover show where two "designers" ripped to shreds a girl's identity so they could instead make her over into an image of their liking.
I had to change the channel.
did I just steal some points?
I feel better now.
Nevermind all of this.