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Self-Esteem: Part 5
Beware of the media!
No, this isn't anything political. This is a wake-up call to how the media uses our self-esteem to play on how we receive stories in the business of making money.
How many times have you seen a movie where a character or a team had to overcome an obstacle or obstacles to find a victory? Have you noticed that the number of obstacles is directly related to how good you feel after the big climax in the plot? And how many of these situations revolve around a sports movie?
Most people find themselves rooting for the character(s) to succeed because they project themselves onto that group trying to overcome the odds to win the day. And perhaps that's the goal of the transaction of paying for entertainment: I give you $15 to go see a movie, and I want that movie to entertain me for two hours. But we should beware! This should not be a substitute or a model for our own lives.
Our self-esteem shouldn't correlate to a movie, whether it be due to our projection and investment into the plot or due to our demand for entertainment. Further, our demand for these movies should reveal how actual competition does not fulfill our needs.
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