Sunday, November 29, 2009

Accentuate the positive

I've been thinking a lot about cheers, cheerleaders and all they do (and don't). The cheerleaders I was studying last night in an episode of CSI were uber-bitchy popularity seekers. A Viking cheerleader looks cute, jumps, flips, impresses, inspires and can raise hairs (in the good way) to the crowd and players, while offering "team spirit'. Team spirit, for better or worse, can become a mechanism for fierce competition. Tony Robbins, and many other life coaches/philosophers/positive thinking entrepreneurs can tell you some very practical ways to think, and how to take action to "make your life incredible". Tony Robbins is a millionaire, but in fact many of his suggested methods are based in Buddhist teachings(his holiness the D.L. is also a kind of wise cheerleader). I am not sure any of us conscious beings really believe we can hear words of wisdom, check off a to do list and make our lives incredible- outside our personal bubble it's a world of struggle and misery for billions- let us not forget. We might as well all kill ourselves, right? Um, maybe not.
How many of us know what we should and could do but don't know how to do it, or can't find the motivation? How can a cheer not only bring temporary joy, inspiration, motivation, and a to do list, with a hand to hold through the process? Is a little bit of joy and a feeling of accomplishment of value? I think so. Is positivity for positivity's sake problematic? I think not. It's pretty easy for the world, and especially contemporary art, to focus on the negative. A world that needs a little accentuation of the positive...

1 comment:

  1. Positivity may only be a problem for ironists, i.e. those who are pretending to be skeptical. Cheering and other forms of speech and performance that incite people to action are well worth exploring. Go Lexa! Go Lexa!