Path to Oblivion

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It’s that season again, the weeks we call March Madness when we’re entertained by athletes whose principal claim-to-fame is height, those who were relegated to a circus freak show in the dark ages of my youth. Resulting from this infatuation is billions in lost productivity from excessive bracketology around the proverbial water-cooler.

Every society is shaped by a small group who lead us into the future. Who are those people that define 21st century America? The ones who get the focus of the media? The ones who make the most money? The ones who are the role models for our children? Unfortunately most of today’s cultural leaders are entertainers: some talented artists and performers; gifted athletes; and others, notably reality TV stars whose only claim-to-fame is their notoriety. It’s hard to accept them as the role models shaping our grandchildren. In my not-so-humble opinion, America’s current infatuation with the lives of entertainers is a path toward oblivion.

Instead, let’s focus on what’s truly important. Let’s raise-up as leadership models scientists and engineers developing drugs and technology that will make the lives of future generations healthier and more rewarding. Let’s give deserved recognition to the philanthropists and aid-workers who build better lives for their neighbors here and abroad. And most importantly, let’s give credit and recognition (including better pay) to our teachers who ensure that our children and grandchildren have the education and skills necessary to live good productive lives.

The problem is larger than March Madness. We’re heading toward Perennial Madness. Let’s start pushing entertainers and entertainment back to their rightful place as pleasant, occasional diversions rather than the epicenter of our lives.

 

Vic Berecz
Fort Myers Beach