Many lives are locked in an ongoing ceremony of, “I can’t.” When posed with an unexpected situation that demands action, they throw up their hands and try to imagine what they lack and how they might be able to succeed if they just can discover that missing piece. The underlying mechanism of the promotion of consumerism presupposes that the consumer is incomplete in some fundamental way that can only be properly solved by the introduction of their product or service. Many in this society that they can only call for some form of outside help and then sit down and wait as patiently as they are able. In a consensus prone culture where people would rather die than be singled out for ridicule or expulsion though the very same tools necessary to solve a dilemma reside right in front of that person’s face.
The function of Hollywood is to show the audience characters that in the course of the story expand their boundaries far beyond what a normal person would routinely find impossible through some extraordinary measure or mindset. An act of bravery, the precise exercise of intellect, the ability to unburden one’s true feelings without hesitation. This is all done with the assumption that the people sitting out there in the dark will remain so. That they will refrain from learning from the movie’s experience and possibly surpass their favorite avatar. Considering that the larger portion of the population is rigorously trained to respect the artificial limitations that they are indoctrinated in throughout their early education. And to hold them as their own believing that they will reflect the zenith of their ultimate possibilities for future achievement.
So what separates the ordinary from this extraordinary in everyday life? Total awareness of one’s vicinity, a well honed ability to stay a couple steps ahead of any situation that presents itself, the ability to coordinate one’s resources to devise a solution to a common task? The fundamental link that connects all of these abilities is a person’s will. If you look at most Hollywood portrayals of extraordinary characters they all share an obsession with incessantly learning by listening and seeing the situation for what it really is. Though a screenplay takes both hero and audience though a maze of emotional twists and turns in the course of the narrative by the end of the film the protagonist no longer doubts their ability to perform the required action to resolve the tale. This type of single-mindedness directly infers a lack of distraction and removal from consciousness of those seeds of doubt that most in this society are both raised with and remain implanted with over the course of their existence. In essence, one has to be ready to tear up their own script and try something unexpected.
There is no doubt that real limits exist that do not allow for any effort to overcome. No one is going to run a mile in sixty seconds on this planet. Yet, the ability to analyze the sum total of the self and encourage one’s strengths as well as find more efficient ways that reduce their shortcomings at the same time will lead a substantially different existence. This is easier to conceive in the mind than implement in the real world but in reality if it can be conceived, it is just a matter of following through with it. When the overbearing cultural unit invokes the general population to, “go back to school to better one’s self”, it is easy to get the impression that they are not referring to adapting a process of lifelong learning. Practical education by trial and error will always run circles around simply learning by rote. The first step in any of this is to simply voice two words, “I can!“