I am so impressed with the ideas of Barbara Ehrenreich! In my post “Bright-Sided” (March 18) I included some links to her book, and to her statements, based on her own experiences, about the condescending and infantilizing attitudes towards cancer victims. Then on March 22, in the blog about the Right Brain, I linked to an animated lecture that explained the underlying concepts of cognitive research. I hope you enjoyed the brilliant cartooning. “One picture is worth a thousand words?” Maybe!?
Well, here is another animation from the same source, explaining Ehrenreich’s position on”bright sided” thinking on economics and society!
In addition, I started wondering about how delusional optimism got such a hold on our thinking. It was easy enough to find it all through the Disney kingdom and television programming for children.
What about the influences on adults? I’ll talk about The Power of Positive Thinking and the self-help movement another time. But stay a few minutes longer if you can. Here are some song hits, a very few of those I could have listed… enjoy them, remember when you last heard them, and think about how influential they may have been…
Put on a Happy Face from Bye Bye Birdie, 1963
Sunny side up sung by Judy Garland, 1963
Barbara Ehrenreich is in good company when she complains about the toxic effects of pretending to find too much sunshine in a very dark world.
In a scene so horrific that it stays indelibly in your mind, Stanley Kubrick concludes Dr Strangelove with chilling irony. As Vera Lee sings the poignant WWII ballad,We’ll Meet Again, the camera pans over obscenely beautiful images of mushroom clouds!
And then in 1987, Kubrick played this card again. The film, Full Metal Jacket concludes with American troops marching past a burning Vietnamese city, singing the theme song for The Mickey Mouse Club!
Smile or die!? What do you think?