Is it me, my age, my ears? I am not sure if it’s not all of them. Is our society just more edgy, more loud, more rude, more of
everything? I still think we crave time to process what we have created and quietude to calm ourselves. I was at, of all things, a flea market. I haven’t been to one in years. I was told a certain artist would be there so off I went to meet her. It was fun and I like all the people milling around selling and buying. I went to a stand to buy one of the fresh juice drinks. I had fresh watermelon. It was great. There was a very loud band playing and I sort of took it in stride but it was right by the juice merchant who had to listen to it all day. He said they just get louder and it was his feeling that they weren’t that good but they would play louder so as to get the attention. He then said that was what he noticed about different bands, they would play even louder when they weren’t good.
Now this was a young man making this comment. I thought about it and it carried in my head that we seem to promote more loudness. Here is Los Angeles, we have so many loud restaurants. They don’t even try to soften the walls and ceiling and floors to lower the sound levels. People shout over their food. People talk loudly on their phones and sometimes the background music blasts out the conversation.
Our movies are harder, coarser and louder. I love the movies and my partner is a member of the Director’s Guild so I am never at a loss to see what is coming out, came out or will be released. But we are so filled now with loud sound, enormous special effects, end of the world scenes, walking zombies, bombs, explosions and brutal death images, police crime scenes and really brutal video games. I went to the Game Stop to buy a video game for my grandson and that was really an eye opener.
Our politicians are loud. They do sound bites and throw just about anything at the camera. One of the biggest complaints you hear about Donald Trump is how coarse he is at his rallies and how he encourages his audience to do and say violent things. It definitely reflects and appeals to a certain element of our society.
Does the music reflect our society? There is great music out there. There is fusion music out there. One thing for sure though, classical music is really a dying element of our society. Just check the radio stations that have classical music programs. They are getting fewer and further behind in popularity. Music is now more international and that’s a good thing but we still need the calmness.
Basically, humans haven’t changed. They still are made up of the same particles of eons past. They still crave the basic kindness and acceptance of other humans. They really are set to time clocks that are not only earth bound but also heavenly bound. We get stuck in only our physical needs and focus on them at the expense of our emotional and spiritual needs. Many of us focus on getting as many earthly things as we can. The price to pay for this can be insecurity, anxiety, fear, boredom, a distortion of values and discontent. We substitute psychology as a cure for soul and spiritual starvation.
Do we turn it up louder to prevent us from thinking, feeling or processing? Do we need the shock value of hardened events? Do we want it coarser so we can get a rise out of ourselves? Is this all part of the Aquarian Age and the rise of the rights of the individual? Maybe so! We’re still adjusting to how to manage ourselves in a world that seems out of control. We seem to give our focus to quantity, appearance, lack of moderation, excess, wastefulness, self-righteousness and boastfulfulness. Throw in hyprocrites when talking about politicians.
Our higher selves, our souls and spirits are respectful, gracious, benevolent, generous, free, tolerant, merciful, forgiving and sincere. We need to turn it down, slow it down, and calm it down so we can remember our true natures and live a life of more contentment and peace.