October 17th, 2008 08:17 EST
Media Is The Masses: Death By Silence
"Classic economic theory, based as it is on an inadequate theory of human motivation, could be revolutionized by accepting the reality of higher human needs, including the impulse to self actualization and the love for the highest values." -Abraham Maslow
What is that inadequate theory of human motivation?
Mere subsistence; concerning ourselves with fulfilling basic mercurial desires. Higher values and enlightened self-interest are neglected in favor of sensual and superficial satisfaction.
It is being argued in creative media circles that "obscurity is a greater threat to an artist than piracy."
But what if obscurity occurs not due to a lack of awareness, but lacking commitment from the public? Even worse, from an artist`s own target audience!
One thing the Artemis Eternal project and Wingman Central community blog illustrates:
while most people claim to love/ believe in something, their actions prove them hypocrites... insufficient integrity to support their claim. Belief is not put into action; making it destitute, meaningless and powerless. You make time for what really matters to you.
Don`t insist you love your child, yet neglect to feed and clean it regularly; teach it good manners and good sense.
Such discrepancy is shameful, but few have even the capacity and decency to be embarrassed.
Too much effort.
This is not a failure of the project, but of the public to acknowledge and appreciate higher values. There is a gross disconnect between belief and action.
You can`t tell your mistress that you love her more than anything, but not leave your wife. If the mistress was truly more important to you than all the attachments associated with your wife... you would leave your wife.
Jessica Stover already has a substantial fan base, and yet the Wingman Central forum is near empty since it opened over a month ago. Where is everyone? Donating money is easy.
The exertion of actual participatory effort beyond that is apparently too hard, too much to ask.
Given the choice between something epic like Artemis and my Philosophy Trilogy books ?
or something mundane like new clothes and a Wii, they clearly prefer to satisfy the lower, rather than the higher values. They wouldn`t die for their beliefs; they don`t even live for them.
Ask yourself: what do I care about?
Then ask yourself: do my actions verify that answer?
Then ask yourself: am I proud of either of those answers?
Barbara Branden-- a fan and friend of Ayn Rand-- noted sadly that the kind of people Ayn celebrated in her novels (and who should have appreciated her advocacy) failed to endorse her novels publicly.
How does this happen? Because we are raised in a culture that does not appreciate or celebrate the higher values... does not recognize them as relevant. This attitude, this a-pathetic and ignorant response to the higher values, is a mighty Epic Fail!
A quote from Erasmus well summarizes my approach (literally and figuratively)... what I mean by pursuing the higher values:
"When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes."