This show is such a good show, and personally I think it's so cool and crazy to see Zendaya, a former Disney Channel star be the narrating character for this show. It's so weird seeing her go from playing very innocent kid/teen roles to being a drug addict for this show. Anyways, regardless of all the great actors, all the characters are really cool too. Even though there is way too much sex and nudity during these first 8 episodes, there are so many messages and takeaways from this show. By the way this is the 2nd show that actually made me cry, as in straight up just bawl out, which is why it is so powerful. One way I see the show is that each character represents a certain quality of teenagers today, or each character has some sort of addiction or habit or repeating behavior. With the different qualities interpretation, the show is really relatable because you get to see what teenagers think without popular culture or stereotypical portrayals in the way, it's almost pure in this sense. And even if you chose to see each character as having some sort of repeating behavior like crying, anger, drugs, partying, sex, etc. then you can still get a glimpse of what high school is like today. Although this show does not really point out the effect of social media on teens today, it still does a really good job of highlighting all the tensions. With Rue, a drug addict, as the narrator it can be hard to follow the plot sometimes, but overall this is definitely one of the best shows I've seen. There are just too many messages to take away about life and society in general, that I can't wait for season 2!
Regardless of whether society is a reflection of ourselves or a perceived distinct reality, it may still help us to be better people. Maybe the temporary shame or regret we feel with our actions in regard to society is slowly paving the path in the long run for a stronger persona to emerge within us? Maybe we need to hurt and injure ourselves first, so that we can become more immune in the future, like a getting a disease or getting sick. It's important for it to happen for our bodies. Or like gaining muscle, we must physically exert ourselves so that the tissue is broken and torn apart, just to be healed again with protein, creating a stronger arm. So then what is the protein for societal growth and healing? Is it a change in mindset or meditation or something else? What do we have to feed our minds to come out stronger than before? Or is it simply being more hopeful and optimistic about the future, knowing that it is okay to not be okay? Are we bettering ourselves through minor destruction or are we simply lying to ourselves to survive? What is truth and what is reality? What is even is life then? A set of lies or subjective truths?
Society doesn't exist. It's merely a metaphorical illusion within our minds. I mean can anyone prove its existence in the physical world? Who says this thing called "society" has any value or importance? Who said society could penetrate our thoughts and morph us into members of this highly exclusive club? No one did. Absolutely no one. Then why are we letting this hallucination encompass our greatest fears and greatest dreams? Why does it have to serve as a checkpoint in the airport runway of our lives, only letting some pass through, while leaving others behind. It doesn't make sense why we have to feel bound to this limitless voyage of hate, cruelty, and punishment, if it doesn't even exist. But who said society was an evil institution targeting the weak and most vulnerable? Maybe its just our minds reflecting our own thoughts, blurring our realities into a confusing and chaotic endless void that we are the creators of. Or maybe, society does exist. Maybe it exists to be a guide for our actions, a type of moral compass, which we can rely on to navigate us through the world. But who said society always points us in the right direction?
Society exists. Society will continue to exist, but no matter what happens, our perceptions of society and people will constantly change. Our experiences and interactions with others lead us to believe what we do, and regardless of how fate or free will guides us, we all seem to naturally follow a certain set of norms. The comfort these normailities provide us, can sometimes compel us to continuously abide by them, even if there is no significant meaning or value from these societal laws. The dilemma of pursuing our own freedom competes against the responsibilities we have as members of a society to follow the rules set in place. Or at least that is until we question our responsibilities. Are they to follow societal trends masking ourselves and our identities away? Or are they to fight for our own freedoms and rights even when society may shame us for doing so?