Know this: I speak of nothing in particular, but I address Americans as a whole.
Growing up I was told that all good stories begin with “Once upon a time.” That line was THE memorable quote to any story, the beginning at least. The phrase created this excitement in me to WANT to hear the stories being told. When stories were adapted into film, movies began creating their own memorable quotes. Once upon a time became, “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away,” or, “You can’t handle the Truth!” to even, “There’s no place like home.”
The idea here is that storytelling has evolved from “let me tell you about these myths, legends, and fantasies,” all the way up to “these aren’t just myths and fantasies anymore.”
Why am I telling you all of this? I’m telling you because a large percentage of the narratives I come across nowadays are not myths or legends anymore. They are not made-up stories. Many of them depict our reality, so let’s be real.
I cannot open any monitor or screen on any electronic device I own without seeing reports of violence and terror, reports of corrupt government systems, and reports of general and specified hate. It’s 2017 and if you can name the evil, you will find it.
The first time I realized this, I woke up one day and found a hole in my heart. I went searching for a whole answer. Unlike once-upon-a-time stories, these stories are not whole. We were never whole to begin with.
You see news channels reporting negativity like it’s mandatory. You see your friends on social media supporting movements. You see movies are no longer fairy tale stories. Everything has a reference to contemporary issues in our waking life. Wake up because you are no longer in the Matrix.
No voices are silenced. I’m troubled these platforms have become overrun with current events, so much so that the issues at hand are unavoidable. Wherever you go you will hear about injustice. Yet, that troubled part of my mind cannot compete with how proud I am that people are speaking up and utilizing those same platforms to extend their voices.
Even in an article writing for Global Pop Culture, I feel I am obligated to write and address these findings rather than write a fantasy of my own.
So, what do we do?
Is there a hole in your heart?
Is there a “whole” in your eyes?
Is this part of the ‘educate yourself’ process?
Once upon a time…