Recession = Reset. This is the equation that the world is experiencing right now.
Billions of people (that’s right, billions with a B) perceive this equation as the end of their self-contained world. All that they have slaved for is being wiped from existence right before their very eyes.
People are not only losing their jobs, their homes, their cars, and their toys. As the world is shattering, so are their families.
My stepdad is straining my family’s connection with one another. Because he quit his job and has been unsuccessful in finding another job, he’s taking out his frustrations on us. He’s nitpicking our every move and acting as if all of his decisions are absolute.
The Big Cleanse
Although there are a lot of people that buy into looking at the recession in a negative light, there are others such as myself who see it as an opportunity to start over. To us, Recession = Refresh.
If you look close enough, you can see that the world isn’t crumbling into nothingness; rather, it’s shedding its skin.
The world is changing, and as people change their views on what is really valuable to them, the old makes way for the new.
What Does This All Have To Do With Anime?!
It’s simple, really. Despite the world shedding its skin, there are several things that this new wave of change will have rooted in the old skin. As far as anime goes:
1. Everyone will always enjoy a good story:
Since the beginning of time, man has explained events by telling them in a story.
Stories bring relief to those in despair and in boredom. They capture our faults, our joys, our sorrows, our passions, our losses, our pasts, and our futures.
One of the reasons I enjoy anime is because it presents an exciting exotic culture. It encourages me to further explore, within reason and reality, the culture firsthand.
2. Sex will always sell:
Despite what you might think of the FCC and the RIAA in trying to regulate sexually explicit content, I believe that they’re doing us a service. Let me ‘splain, Fraudian style.
Our id is the crazy part of your brain that tells you to eat, drink, and to fuck anything with two legs. Our super-ego is the obsessive-compulsive part of our brain that strives for the ideal and the flawless. Our ego is the rational intermediary between the instinctual id and the perfectionist super-ego.
In other words, The Joker and Adrian Monk are fighting for control of your brain and the only one that can stop them from wrecking the place is Spock.
When an external force, such as the FCC or your mom, tells you that you shouldn’t look at lewd pictures of the opposite sex or watch stuff that glorifies gore, your inner Spock tries to subdue Joker.
Although Spock is trying his damnedest to uphold the external request, Joker will at some point overtake him and you’ll go against these external principles. Monk will then make Spock feel guilty about not keeping Joker in line. Spock will then put the Vulcan Nerve Pinch on Joker, stopping you from acting against these outer rules.
To put it simply, we desire what we cannot have. If properly controlled, our id and super-ego can help us work towards our goals in ways that the ego cannot.
The Joker, despite making rash decisions and goals that are incredibly short-term, can allow us to grasp onto abstract concepts and propel us into experiencing new things. Monk, though he may be over-organized and a total nag, can help us differentiate between right and wrong as well as help us strive to improve ourselves.
Just think about this before you go super-ego on ecchi anime, okay?
3. Animation tends to bring us into a state of wonder:
Although escapism should never be a permanent respite against the harshness that reality can bring us, breaking away temporarily can allow us to reflect and become open to new possibilities.
Do you remember when you were a child and the world was as open to interpretation as a box full of Legos? Do you also remember when your parents and society glued your Legos together in what they see as the world?
Although your Legos are tightly stuck to one another, you can still pry them loose and make your own world! It just takes a little resolve and some elbow grease.
4. We’re constantly looking to connect with ourself and others:
This goes along nicely with my first point. By telling our stories to others, we can share ourselves with people and through their perspectives, learn something new about ourselves that we were unable to do otherwise.
We can also relate to characters in a story that are similar to us or people we know. This brings a sense of reality to the story, thus making it more compelling.
In liking or disliking a story, we may also find common ground with others. Although their extreme devotion can be annoying at times, a fan base is a godsend if you want to spread your story to many people. The anime otaku subculture is also one of the biggest fan bases of this generation. So if you like anime, you’re in good company!
Is It All About The Benjamins?
Did you guys notice that I didn’t mention how anime can still make money in a poor economy? It’s because money doesn’t matter. Money is mearly a tangible form of value. There are millions of different ways that someone can present value to the world and to those who present value of their own. Money just happens to be a common way of expressing value.
Once you realize that presenting value to the world is much more important and fulfilling than simply making money, then you’ll be one step closer to being unafraid of what omnious economic storm clouds may come.
P.S: If you want to buy what I’m currently listening to, just click on the link. I thought that I’d mention that.