Don't get me wrong. I'd love it if we could all join hands and follow the celestial Katie Couric in her divine efforts to solve world issues with the flick of her magical wand, but I’m not buying in to any solution involving the morality of public discourse without considering the condition of our society.
For a split second after the film on Thursday, it sounded like we were concluding our conversation by asking what it was we could do to “free” our society from the evil clutches of mainstream media. I kind of shudder at the argument that we are a free society, but that only select individuals are free and it’s up to us to even the playing field for anyone who isn’t considered part of the majority.
The theory I’ve been trying to keep in mind is the Teeter Totter Theory. (I don’t know if I’m coining this or what. Regardless, I’m sure someone else has thought of this long before me.) It’s the belief that wherever human life exists, there too exists the purest action and belief, accompanied and evenly met by the cruelest. As a society, we rally around our constitutional rights because they free us to pursue these beliefs to such an extent that no other system of government in the world can really compare. What our society forgets though, is the natural balance that must exist to support life.
Think of it as a real life Dark Knight predicament. You have a particular system of beliefs or morals that I’m sure we would all deem as “good” acting in support of those beliefs because they have the freedom to pursue them. Then, you have those individuals who support an opposite system of beliefs and morals that I’m sure we would all deems as “bad” because they too have the freedom to do so. (This is what we may be referring to when we discuss media concerns, a system of moral beliefs that we don’t agree with.) This is the Teeter Totter Theory. In order to provide human beings the ability to grow to their full potential and exceed expectations, you must provide freedoms that also allow them to sink as low as they possibly can.
It’s a depressing outlook, I know, but it’s important to remember that there is balance in any society and we need to be careful when we decide that we are going to limit the morally misguided through laws and protests in an attempt to tip the scale in our favor. In our attempt to “free” our country’s minorities, we may just limit our potential as a society. It’s just something I think we should keep in mind before we start writing congressmen and making signs.
I’m sure there’s plenty who disagree. I look forward to your thoughts for or against, but know that I’m all for women’s rights and improving public discourse. I just don’t think blindly following our moral values is the way to go about fixing the problem.