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Sierra

By: Sierra Pruitt

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It’s so easy to be insecure and jealous when you live in a visual culture — being jealous of where people are, what they are doing, why they are so beautiful, and why they are popular. I am surrounded by a community of people who express themselves creatively through visual means such as photography. The culture we live in today thrives on visual stimulation.

I have fallen into the trap of comparing myself to other artists and to my friends. Because we are in a visual society, we start looking at ourselves in terms of: Am I worth being in the picture? Am I worth talking to if I don’t take good photos? Am I worth someone’s time? These are the negative thoughts that sometimes run through my mind. They’re destructive, but they’re also worth pondering.

Why should I be worried when all that matters is being who I was made to be? This has really been on my heart because it reminds me of what I should really be refocusing on and that my friend, is God. He doesn’t want me to be jealous or insecure. He wants my heart.

What are your concerns about the visual world we live in today and the effects it has on us?

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. My concern is that when such a focus is placed upon appearances, it is a breeding pond for hypocrites. So many people have become “masters of small talk” and they dress like everyday is a beauty pageant. But take an hour or two to get to know them and you find one of two scenarios true:
    (1) They have deep emotional trauma suppressed since their childhood.
    (2) They are empty and completely vain. Puffs of smoke.

    In summary, you could say that my main problem with a visual culture is a loss of integrity.

    January 17, 2014
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