2019

Tribe vs. Truth in Entertainment

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The mass audiences of entertainment compared to the thousands of small niches which make up this great multitude on overage function from groupthinks flaunting misconceptions rather than truth. Lunatic fringes on the extreme wings of entertainment present forms of art unavailable elsewhere, but the mass audiences prefer form over function and tiny white lies over uncomfortable truths in their entertainment, and their creations are available everywhere.

Truth in Entertainment

When the mass audiences are presented with truth, it can result in dangerous backlashes with internet campaigns and physical protestors calling out the entertainment producers for being racist, alt right, extreme left or belonging to other groupthink ideologies. But the reality is that racism, alt right and extreme left fringes exist in the world. Movies stray from truth to prevent these backlashes, and to satisfy the general mass audience of entertainment.

Tribe in Entertainment

Satisfying the tribes of the scene is the cream of the crop for the business machine that is entertainment. The groupthinks of America who expect certain things in their media shape what the most popular forms and creations of entertainment are. The forms and creations of entertainment that do no stray in these restrictions and would rather show truth are on average less popular than the movies that do. Tribalism in entertainment-expectations result in the same tropes repeating themselves more subconsciously than aught. For example, the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter movies were very successful because they straid within the limits of ancient mythology and made a gesture of bringing this mythology back to life with tenacity.

Tribe and Truth in Entertainment

When tribes and truth are both being rendered at the same time in entertainment, beautiful things happen. These tend to be creations of entertainment that are not in the extreme fringes but the truth presented is still somewhat controversial and relevant to the mass audience of entertainment. Combining truth with tribalism gives content creators the tools they need to touch the hearts of as many people as possible, because it entertains not only the mass audience but many of the lunatic fringes as well. Use this knowledge responsibly for the greater good and you will entertain many people.

The Rhythm of a Tow Truck Driver in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Have you found your rhythm yet? If yes, then you have cause to be excited. If not, then don’t fret because here’s a fascinating and inspirational story that may just help, and you’re not alone! In the City of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada there lives a profound example of how a person can find their rhythm late in life in an unexpected way. This is the story of Jack, a kind, wholehearted tow truck driver. Jack works long days, offering emergency roadside assistance, flat tire repair and various other tow truck Halifax services on a regular basis. His story is profound because, after decades of hopelessness, Jack found his rhythm in life at the age of 52. For most of his career as a tow truck Halifax service provider Jack had been unhappy with his life. He woke up angry often, getting out of bed before his body wanted to. But that would all change one faithful day when, as he put it in the interview we had, a miracle happened!

If you’re one of those people who have yet to find their life rhythm, you’ll be comforted to know that this kind of miracle Jack had isn’t uncommon. In fact, something very similar may happen to you tomorrow. Jack was driving his tow truck through the heart of Halifax when he got dispatched to provide a jump start boost for a distressed lady on the outskirts of the city. He pulled his tow truck into a gas station for fuel for his truck and coffee for himself before making the somewhat long drive out of town. Little did he know, this would be a day that changed his life forever.

Prior to this day, as previously alluded to, Jack wasn’t the happiest person. He was prone to depression, believing he had no purpose in life. His heart was beating, it seemed, but it wasn’t beating to a rhythm. It was beating to a tune that made no sense, and he didn’t know why he was alive. Now on this blessed day Jack was moments away from arriving at his destination to provide a jump start service. In the outskirts of Halifax, Jack’s tow truck turned up a gravel road where he saw a car with blinking lights up ahead. He suspected this was his customer who needed a boost, and he was right. Jack backed his truck up in front of the parked car and got his jumper cables out before walking over to greet the customer. Even though Jack wasn’t the happiest fellow, he was polite and always wore a smile when meeting new people even when he didn’t feel like it.

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A moment later Jack realized his customer was a beautiful woman about the same age has him, and though she had been distressed on the phone she smiled back at him and waved. At that moment a flutter of something Jack could only describe as rapture rippled through his fiber, and his palms started to sweat. Somewhat awkwardly, he said “hello” and asked if she could pop the hood of her car. She obeyed, and Jack went to work connecting the jumper cables to her engine. I’ll save you from the boring details by saying that the job went by smoothly, but something even more smooth was about to happen. Jack swore to himself as he closed down the hood and saw that woman’s face again that she was the finest, most elegant and majestic-looking lady he had ever seen in his entire life. Despite that, it meant little to him because he was suspicious of pretty women. He had always thought that appearances show nothing. It’s what’s inside that counts, after all. But then he heard her voice again and without even realizing it until much later he started to smile–a smile that wasn’t fake or pretended. Now you already know Jack, as a man serving customers with various tow truck Halifax services, had to force himself to smile, but not this time. He began to talk to her after she thanked him. She paid him in cash and part of him just wanted to hand her the money back because it felt like an honor to serve such a lovely lady.

Now this wasn’t the first time Jack had met such a well-willing woman while providing tow truck Halifax services. In fact, that’s only because he swore he had met this woman before. That fact made itself clear when she suddenly said, “Hey, weren’t you the guy who towed my car last year? That’s a strange coincidence, because this is only the second time in my life that I had to cal for towing services, and I could never forget that smile of yours. What’s your name, sir?”

Jack replied, stuttering a bit awkwardly, “Um, my name is Jack. I think I remember you, too.” They shook hands cordially, and Jack asked, “And you are?”

“Elizabeth.”

This was the day Jack found his life rhythm, for a great urge had swelled up from his heart to consume his entire body, and without even doing so purposefully, he blurted, “Can I take you out for dinner tonight?”

Elizabeth, the kind lady who had simply needed a jump start from a towing company while passing through Halifax, replied, almost as awkwardly as Jack had been speaking before, “Well, of course. It would be wrong to deny fate, after all.”

Indeed, it’s wrong to deny fate, and those are the exact words Jack said to her on their wedding 8 months later. Jack began to cry when he told me this story in person, because during the interview he realized he would never have met the bride of his dreams if he had never started working for a Halifax towing company all those years ago. Today, as you can imagine, Jack no longer has to fake his smile when he climbs into his tow truck in the morning. He does it willingly because he knows that this is his fate, his rhythm, and he lives the life the universe has gifted to him. Today, you can find Jack driving his his tow truck through the streets of Halifax NS with a wedding ring on his hand and a big beam on his face.

Now you know why this story is profound. Jack’s heart now pumps to a rhythm, and he knows his purpose. He’s not a religious man, but he can’t think of any other reason besides divinity that this miracle would come into his life. He’s so grateful to be able to live in his Halifax home, serving customers with jump starts, roadside assistance and all other towing services. A life that was once pointless is now sharp with meaning.

If this story inspired you, consider checking back for more. This blog has many posts you might find interesting, like this one. Until next time, I hope you remember that this miracle Jack faced isn’t rare, and one just like it is waiting for you, even if you don’t believe it is. Indeed, the universe works in mysterious ways….

Are You Rushing, Dragging or Staying in the Rhythm?

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Hello, everyone! Sorry I haven’t been posting all that much in the last while, but I got more free time these days and so here I am! As you know, this blog would like to ask you to find a rhythm in life. This is so important for our well-being. And now I got something for you that may clarify why finding a rhythm is so important.

My friend the other day was talking to me about music. Now as you know I love music because it’s all about rhythm. My friend told me about how a drummer can drag behind the rest of the band to make things sound off, and he can also rush on the drums to make the whole band sound off. Therefore, the key to being a good drummer is to stay in the right rhythm. Isn’t that powerful? I think that’s a great metaphor for life.

When you’re not dragging behind in your goals or rushing and doing things sloppily, that means you’re in the right place. You’re right where you want to be.

So throughout your day I recommend you keep asking the question, “Am I falling behind or moving too fast?” If your answer is “No!” then that’s a good thing. Find that rhythm and stay in it. Not always will it be easy to stay in it, but at least you’ll be able to know when things are a little off. Most people never consider this, so us lucky folk now have an upper hand. Remember this and use it often.

I hope you look forward to some new blog posts soon! Go back to the home page for more!