The Tragedian: Enemy of Christmas & Mankind
In light of a recent online conversation I had with a friend of mine, I wanted to repost this piece and say something about the character of The Tragedian.
Our world has become obsessed and I mean OBSESSED with information and instant gratification. Technological advancement can absolutely be a good thing, but the growing popularity of AI has revealed something sinister about our culture.
We can't appreciate anything anymore.
My friend Nate said he believes that's why "everything sucks" and no one can enjoy movies or television these days. He says it's because of HOW you're consuming it. If you're not savoring art or appreciating the process, how can you enjoy the final result the way it was designed to be enjoyed?
I firmly believe it's because we are now accustomed to having EVERYTHING all at once instantly. And if we can't have it that way, then there's something wrong and I want my money back, or it's not worth my time.
How did we get here? How did we become this?
In the words of "V", "How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror."
We're all to blame for where we are as a society. Absolutely me included. Whether we realized it or not, we have allowed something malevolent to take control. Something unseen and something sinister. Something that wants every mind to be overloaded and anxiety-ridden. Something that never wants you to be satisfied and wants you to always be craving more and more, an ongoing lust for information, authority, and to be perfectly entertained.
That being is what I have called "The Tragedian". He is hubris, ignorance, and want personified. He is a dark creature that feeds on our longing to look better than we are, constantly putting on masks by posting things that allow us to appear more polished than others. He is a being that lurks behind the scenes, appealing to our darker natures, pushing us to consume more and think less; to be obsessed with correcting others, and becoming the ultimate authority on everything when in reality we are an authority of nothing. He's a constant creature of overabundance and non-stop information that allows us no rest and no peace. And his goal is for us all to dismiss creativity, imagination, wonder, and eventually each other altogether.
There is no punchline here. He is thriving. He is winning. And he must be stopped. Sit with this for a while and let it make you uncomfortable about how much he rules your life.