A very strong, relevant, and non-apologetic look at pop culture, conformity, and the toxic things we allow to make us complacent, lazy, and unoriginal. I feel the same way, though I understand why some escape into the mundane and live vicariously through the rich and famous.
This piece covers many bases that most would not dare touch. I commend you!
I'd go further, though: it's about balance. I won't automatically label someone as non great simply because they indulge in junk media, mindless activities, sheepish/zombie-ish behavior, or stupid trivia.. but these things should not define us. Balance is key.
The root issue here is upbringing and education. I find most of us are conditioned to follow the leader, fear failure, and perhaps worship idols. We see a lack of innovation and true intelligence because it's easier to just agree with so-called authorities, become part of the herd, and "fake it til you make it".
For many, we become the sum of the things we collect, people we know, and places we go... but there's so much more untapped potential in all of us. The rich may seem happy but their joy is fleeting. They do not have the true joy that compassion, accomplishment, generosity, and creativity bring in most cases, simply because they never really had to or forgot where they came from.
I can go deeper but I'm sure you hear me here. Dream big and take measured risks. Remember that stuff breaks, is stolen, and doesn't truly satisfy our souls.. but doing something with ourselves, finding true purpose and connection, that's something that gives lasting contentment and joy in life!
Those who struggle have little choice. We learn to survive and innovate. We appreciate the little things and never miss a moment. We are content but never settle.
Try reading books by Jim Rohn, Stephen Covey, Napoleon Hill, Guy Kawasaki.. so many greats out there. Learning never stops and we should stay humbled by the fact that we could be and do so much more in our lives and in the world. Enrich yourselves and remember: garbage in, garbage out.