Sunday, August 28, 2011
Here's the main issue. Most people listen to trends. Guys often listen to music because girls like it, or because it's on the radio. College students listen to some music just so they can blast it in their dorm rooms and get other douchebags to like them because the only way they can like other people is if they listen to crappy mainstream rap and electro-pop.
However, this more comes down to the fact that average people don't like to think, and a lot of people love having others tell them what music to listen to, and what TV to watch, and what cars to drive, and what clubs to hang out at, and what types of drugs to participate in (which right now is mostly weed and alcohol).
The problem with this ultimately is not with the "millions of brainless youths," although they are brainless (and I am a youth, just not a brainless one). The problem is with the current way that we look at raising kids: sheltered, and with strict, closed-minded religious-right morals. (I'm a libertarian, so I agree with ideas from both parties, but the religious right pisses me off.) Not all kids have this problem. I am one of the kids without this problem. But it is this closed minded outlook on things that ultimately causes such bad taste. It is also this closed-minded outlook that has segregated young people into two basic groups:
Those who follow laws and societal rules
Those who don't.
There are, of course, different levels between these two, but the middle ground is reducing in size. This is why we hear about more kids wanting to stay a virgin until marriage. This is also why we hear that the use of marijuana is going up among our population.
Part of this is caused by a disenfranchisement with the judgmental rejections of the so-called elite. This is on the side moving towards more legally and social risky stuff.
Another part of this is caused by fear. We see it in the schools. "Don't do drugs, or your brain will rot, and your teeth will fall out, and you'll get sickly skinny, and your liver will die, and you will get lung cancer. Your mood will change permanently. You'll never hold down a job. You'll squander your life."
Then we see it on the news. "Man who tested positive for (gasp) marijuana in jail for murder! Drunk driver takes out family in major accident! Charlie Sheen does too much cocaine! Lindsay Lohan is a drunk!"
Nobody ever considers that Bill Gates sometimes took acid WHILE developing Windows (not that that should surprise anybody). Nobody ever considers the world-changing musical works by The Beatles, many of which have Cannabis and LSD as part of the inspiration. Nobody considers that George W. Bush was a cokehead. Nobody considers that 33% of all politicians, Republicans and Democrats, have admitted to having tried Cannabis. Nobody considers that, while Cannabis is currently illegal, Alcohol, which does SO MUCH MORE FUCKING HARM is legal and RAMPANT.
Music is becoming polarized. Those who listen to rock these days often do drugs. Some of them fall into the abyss that is a life of poverty. Others make up our richest, most successful, and most intelligent people. Those who listen to pop have no personality, do not take risks, and fade away into the middle class.
I hold that it is better to burn out than to fade away. I may be going to hell, but it is gonna be one hell of a trip!