a blog with cultural bulimia.

Friday, November 14, 2003

we can get no satisfaction

When I'm drivin' in my car
and that man comes on the radio
and he's tellin' me more and more
about some useless information
supposed to fire my imagination.
I can't get no, oh no no no.
Hey hey hey, that's what I say.

I can't get no satisfaction,
I can't get no satisfaction.
'Cause I try and I try and I try and I try.
I can't get no, I can't get no.

Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
SATISFACTION Pronunciation: `satis'fakshun
[1]  act of fulfilling a desire or need or appetite
[2]  the contentment you feel when you have done something right
[3]  compensation for a wrong
[4]  state of being gratified; great satisfaction
Madonna was on Letterman the other night and was explaining why she does not let her children watch tv: she does not want them to see and internalize the impossible to achieve standards set by advertising and tv shows in general, which makes us a nation of unsatisfied shopping zombies (that last part is mine). We think that a Prada sandal or a Flat Screen Panel will make us happy. So we shop, if we have money. And we want. And search. For a guy that is 6.2, great body and big feet...
The keystone of Buddhism is dettachment - you will only achieve Nirvana if you let go your desire to accumulate, possess...
We consider ourselves intelligents but we are not able to see the impossible goals we have set up for ourselves: most of the times, wrong goals.
WHY do you think you want a boyfriend with a muscular body??? Why is it going to bring you satisfaction? IT WILL NOT. And that's why we go on searching for the next muscular guy.
Or iPod with higher storage capability.
Or cellphone that can take pictures.


WHAT KIND OF SATISFACTION? From the definition above, there are several levels of satisfaction - ranging from [1] a physical, basic level like hunger and shelter thru [4] which seems to come from feeling that you are or have accomplished something worth. Self-actualization?

Advertising's job is to creat NEED so we will be compelled to SPEND. It uses impossible/hard to achieve idealistic images.
GAY ADVERTISING IS THE WORST: the dictatorship of the body perfect, smooth and blond permeates our culture in such a manner that we find it hard to tell what really is that turn us (individually) on.

WHY DO HUGE BICEPS TURN YOU ON? I would like to understand. 'Just because' is not an explanation.