Fantasy Island

Fantasy Island

By Hugh Akston

While many of us are faced with the time magazine cover that Layton so aptly described in his Blog: “The Message on TIME magazine cover” (

It is a reflection also of a deeper malaise that is overtaking our country; thinking; or really a lack there of. Individualism has succumbed to the group mentality, the “peer” group identity. Reality has been replaced with “Reality TV”. The individual persona has been medicated out with ADHD drugs, “Mothers little helpers”, and massive alcohol consumption.

The rugged individualism that won the west is dying out in the modern commercialization of today. We have a “living Barbie doll” recreated through plastic surgery to resemble the toy. Unfortunately she has developed the personality of the doll also. We have people trying to emulate such wonderful examples of mankind like Tia Tequila, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Brad Pitt; just to name a few.

In the past we have often had folk lore heroes that people wanted to emulate, many like Daniel Boone, Rambo, Cinderella, and Peter Pan we often grow out of. With today’s technology though, now we can look like them, write our “family History” through Facebook and become whoever we want to be. Our fantasy idea of ourselves can now become our virtual reality, no need to grow up anymore. Don’t like the past? Then rewrite history to suit your personal goals.

You can now be a Black/White Cherokee Bi-sexual descendant of the love child of Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ and the direct descendent of King Kamehameha of Hawaii at the same time and run for President of the United States. With photo Shop we can now cross the Delaware with Barack Obama and save the American Army form destruction or save the union at the battle of Gettysburg with Lincoln and Obama. We can even show that we stood beside Eisenhower and Obama as they planned the invasion of Normandy. Our imagination is the only limit to our virtual reality.

Every alcoholic used toothbrush salesman can now be the one who just missed making the US Olympic team. Every overweight girl can now be the first runner-up in the local beauty pageant or the “Special assistant” to Paris Hilton.

What is the price to society though? The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, the pride of life; Self-centered GREED. It is all about me. The world now revolves around me. My desires at the expense of all others. Loss of compassion and caring to those who are truly hurt and need our help. Stick them all in a basket and let the “government” help them, I am too busy with me.

We lose the ability of personal communications and hide behind an electronic screen; unlike Paul when he had a criticism of Peter: Galatians 2:11 “But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.” We can no longer look in the face of those who wronged us and challenge them directly; to resolve our differences and become closer to each other through that process.

We lose our personality, like the “living Barbie Doll”. People in our lives become things and lose their humanity in our eyes. Things to be cast aside when they no longer support the virtual reality in our minds.

We lose much more than we gain, for the things of this world will pass away, what we do for others will last forever.

God Bless.

Just my thoughts for today.


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Comment by John Tripp on June 2, 2012 at 10:38am

In some abstract way,  these extreme makeovers are being seen by a large percentile of the watchers of reality TV as a characature of reality and not life as they know it.  The last generation of Americans are more conservative than any since the 50's.  This will become more apparent when they start to reach voting age.  They do see the coming ditch that will be their new home and the crusts of bread Boss Obama will be doling out.  Teaching the morals of age-old fables during times of everything for everybody is nearly impossible.  Those days are over,  thak God,  and now we can get back to making these morals believable.  Now - if we can only get enough parents to put their children and grandchildren ahead of themselves for a change.......

Comment by tom dodd on June 1, 2012 at 5:44pm


...I AGREE we need a long term solution ~ education and religion ~ but we also need a short term solution to buy time for the long term solution to go into effect...

...THE MORE I think about it, I'm starting to see the wisdom of what happened in Chile awhile back ~ sorry, I don't remember who their leader was ~ BUT he declared that all communists and socialists had to leave the country, and if they didn't leave voluntarily they would be forcibly removed... shortly after the cleansing, their economy BOOMED and has been stable ever since!


Comment by Hugh Akston on June 1, 2012 at 1:48pm

In the old style wars of the middle ages you may be right, or even the type of war in WW2 with large civilian casualties. However we have made war too hygienic, only the soldiers get killed and the civilians protest the soldiers. The 4F lazy drugged out useless hippy, or “occupier” of Wall Street, survives war just fine; the best and brightest of our youth are the ones willing to fight and risk their lives in a war. If we could take the Wall Street occupiers and send them to Iran to occupy it for a while…

You are right in that only drastic action can solve some of our problems but New Orleans proved even a major disaster will not get all of us to pull together. The only long term solution is a long term solution, education and religion; a short term or quick solution will only last for the duration or less.

God bless.

Comment by tom dodd on May 31, 2012 at 3:55pm

...I SUPPOSE what we need is a really BIG WAR to pull us all together!  NOW before folks start telling me we need education, or religion, or some other idealistic solution, and that war is a horrible idea, just think about it awhile.  EDUCATION will take a long, long time, probably several generations... RELIGION, too, isn't an overnight solution... ONLY a direct and immediate threat will pull people together QUICKLY, even people who don't like each other or have nothing in common... and the problems we face now need to be fixed QUICKLY.


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