I've been watching TGD (The Greatest Dancer) recently and I personally think the voting system that determines the qualification of each act is a pretty clever tactic. Basically, if 75% of the audience vote for the act, then the act would qualify regardless of the judges or dance captains' opinions. Simon Cowell wouldn't be able to exercise his superior decision making skills in this show although he is the creator of the programme. This ensures that the show only consists of acts that the public would definitely watch, drawing more viewers and commercial interests which means more revenue to the broadcasters. Mainly contemporary, jazz, acrobatics, fusion...pretty current! Audience driven. Spot on!
This entertainment programme gives a lot of controlling power to the public. Likewise, in social media, the content needs to be appealing to the audience in order to attract more followers, likes and comments. Therefore, it all needs to look immaculate or dramatic from the outside, somewhat superficial, and I was wondering if such principle is also applied in our life choices, the things that we do and our demeanor, is it to please or impress a specific group of audience?
But what's wrong with trying to please people? Nothing wrong if done with the right motives of the heart. Unfortunately, if we act according to others' wishes, we might gain their temporal approval but people and expectations change and then we will be caught running in the hamster wheel trying to keep up with the changes. Finally, we end up in the rut - physically exhausted, mentally drained and heartbroken because we work so hard to look good for others from the outside but feeling empty inside. "Some are glued to the screens and chats in the digital community for more than 12 hours a day,
We are consumed by online presence and society whom we might not ever meet in our lifetime anyway,
While our f2f connections with people who really matter to us are diminishing,
That shows the sense of priority, values and skills of discernment are dwindling." We can teach maths and science to children but we can't teach moral values without modeling it. Values are not about knowing the key words, it isn't academic, it is about actions. We can't say we understand generosity but can't even spare a sandwich when we come across a homeless on the street. Injustice is rising, the rich will become richer, the poor will become poorer, it's common for businesses to favour and only serve to benefit the rich because much sales can be derived from that demographic. People applaud famous figures who deliver results according to their expectations, whims and wants, regardless of the unethical approaches undertaken during the process of achieving. On the other hand, people overlook and condemn those who persistently serve the country they love although to no avail. May at 10 is a great example, and a good book to read too.
At the end of the day, who and what are we living for? If we live merely to gain acceptance and approval of man, then our lives will never achieve the greater purpose. In fact, we will always live in the shadows of all sorts of fear - FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), FOBO (Fear of Being Offline), FOMU (Fear of Messing Up), the list goes on. We can imagine and feel that heavy weight on our shoulders but wouldn't it be good if that can be lifted. I'm very transparent with my faith so the answer is Jesus because if we know Him as our saviour who has great plans for our lives, we do not need to live to perform to any other audiences.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.