Originally posted by Skyfloating
Is the world one big market advertising for our attention?
Absolutely. But I would change the analogy to Flea Market
...because everyone wants attention and everyone wants whjat they want; either short
term desires(food, rest, etc.) or long term(career, family, etc.)
What is important?
That is a variable to many people. For may of us on ATS, important is having our voices heard to a wide audience.
But for the [most part, I would have to go with the terms "Context and Individual"
What is important is going to differ between individuals and as well, what is important for each individual is going to change as desires or met or
made moot...on a day to day basis.
Who decides what is important, if we dont?
I love this question. It reaches into the reason for why organized religion was created, to instill morals and docility for the public(the motives
were probably benign to begin with but as with all things was prone to corruption).
It reaches into the government, who is concerned with the idea of 'equal living', again context applies, for all men and women and the resolution of
problems before and after they occur.
It reaches into the corporate interest, where advertisers are hired to find a quick general way to instill a sense of importance between the
product/service they are associated with and the individual who may encounter the message.
It reaches into the family establishment, where traditional values and lessons are desired to be handed down through the generations but find a
conflict with the regional popular culture.
It reaches into the individual, who has been lead to believe their entire existence that their is always someone else to do the job and therefore they
just need to be concerned with their daily routines and functions.
But a well rounded person needs to be able to separate the fleeting interest with what is important. That takes comprehension of the surrounding
environment as well as well reasoned collaboration in order to offer various points of importance. Britney Spears wouldn't be brought up once in
this conversation...unless the conversation was held between people who were raising Britney Spears.
That wonderful word context strikes again...
What are things we artificially make important?
What are things we artificially make unimportant?
Two great questions that I would like to hear from others on...
Im not necessarily asking "whats right/wrong" or "true/untrue"...but, whats important?
A great place to start is this...'important' is a nine letter, three syllable word that has a variant connotation to the various people who may
interact with said term.
The key is "various"...after all..what is important is always a negotiation.
[edit on 12-6-2008 by MemoryShock]