Note:The writer of this article is in no way being judgemental or critical about the American society rather he's trying to put his fascination,confusion & thoughts about it.
The USA-a country with a society which was just an another society to me BUT that was before I got to know it better.Before knowing it well,for me it was just a society which incidentally belonged to the most powerful nation ,a society which doesnt have many so-called "moral chains" or strings attached ,where anyone is not judged by what profession he/she's in as long as he's in his pursuit of happYness(Yes! with a "Y" there) .As they say "Ignorance is bliss" & after getting to know about the American Society fairly well now the clarity with which I looked at it has been obscured by a cloud of questions.
Recently,I read "Scar tissue"-the autobiograpgy of Anthony Kiedies(RHCP frontman) .The book is a real life account of how badly can you screw up your life & then finally make it.Anyway, the way Anthony describes his life, it seems that two things which are readily available in America are drugs & sex.You get the picture that you just walk into a disc or club say "hi" to any girl/guy you like & then it aint very difficult to get laid that very night.Sounds like a cakewalk. Earlier,I was of the opinion that drugs are a big phenomenon there but limited to the glam-world or showbiz but after reading the book it's seems as if the whole America is full of drug-peddlers & druggist.He says that he himself was surprised to find that normal people doing dayjobs could be so big drug-addicts .He not only used to get stoned with his friends but also used to cajole his girlfriends into getting into it & bingo!! they used to do it without giving two hoots about getting addicted or watsoever & the fact that he started doing drugs at the age of 10 (Thanks to his own father!!)is something that maybe a reflection of a large(if not the whole)section of the society & the fact that he was a student of UCLA indicates that he was a part of the mainstream society.
Since I haven't have had the opportunity to live or study in the US, so I really dont know the reality.If what they show in the movies like the American Pie series actually happens then I must say that they are a Goddamn lucky lot.Sex is potrayed as something which is as easily available as a burger or a hotdog(I would really appreciate if Dion can throw some light on this!)If it's so,then do songs like "I'll be right here waiting for you ?" or "Love you forever" mean anything when most of the times the marriages hardly last for even 5 years.I think the songs should be twisted to reflect the real thing."Right here waiting for you till the time i find a new one" or "love you forever (& forever means 2-3 years) till the time I find a new girlfriend/boyfriend".
To make my perception all the more skewed, I got interested in knowing about a weird rockstar-Marliyn Mansion.At first,I thought that whatever he is doing or has done is just an another on-stage/on-screen publicity stunt but
after watching his numerous interviews,I realised that he's not pretending to be sick
he ACTUALLY IS sick.Imagine,this man got his rib bones removed so that he can suck his own *&^%. He is obsessed with setting The Holy Bible on fire on-stage!! I saw him tearing The Bible into pieces in such a violent way that even though I ain't a Christain I was taken back.But this was just a trailer!! The things which disgusted me the most were his videos showing people taking out human brains & EATING THEM!! I almost puked on seeing the videos !! And to tell you how much he's in the mainstream, he's supposed to be "IN THING" among kids.I have heard
kids there, as youngs as 6 or 7 wearing Marliyn T-shirts saying "he's cool". Maybe TOO COOL!!No wonder the Kid responsible for the Okhalama shootout was also wearing one.
I got some more glimpse into the American society with our own Aishwaraya Rai on the
David Letterman show (my fav timepass in office alongwith 'O Reilly show)The Indian beauty queen gave some gud replies but really made a fool outta herself by bursting into foolish laughters now & then, not knowing how to react.
Anyway ,cming to the point I was surprised to see Letterman getting shocked to know that "grown-up kids" live with their parents in India.I know that it's not the norm there for most of the people but does that mean that "joint family system" is an alien concept altogether,something which people havent even heard of ?
(Dion,do "grown-up kids" really have to take an appointment with their parents for things as small as a dinner?)
I know the Americans are a cool lot.They live life to the fullest.Everybody has almost everything ,if not in abundance, but at least so much that they can have a square meal & have the basic necessities.A relaxed education system where the kids are not burdened with studies ,where you can make it into a good university without much effort.But then why is their so much frustration vent inside them.These "Death Metalheads" seem to the most frustrated lot.
(Dion,again throw some light on this too.Also do tell us what is the kinda music
which people listen to.Does the classification that whites -mostly rock,blacks-mostly hip-hop & women -mostly pop holds true ?)
I, indirectly, got some of the answers to the questions that had been circling my mind.Recently in an award function,Sarah Silverman blasted off Paris Hilton & that too with a joke that I cant imagine to be cracked on-stage in India even in 2050(no exaggegration!!).So I concluded maybe the American society is way ahead of our times or maybe WAY TOO AHEAD OF ITS OWN!!
Let us hear what do you folks think on this topic!!