Looking at the sky and searching for constellations is such a complex game as well as millenary, it is quite a challenge. It is not only about taking a glimpse, but about interpreting, seeing lines where there are no lines, seeing figures where there are only stars.
As celestial bodies shining, the novelties of our culture are there, at the sight of the ones who want to see them, waiting for us to draw lines that connect them, to convert those pictures into accounts. However, in the observatory commanded by the means of communication, the reflection and the analysis towards the phenomena of the time do not seem to be contributing much.
During the last couple of years, it is being confirmed that more and more people do not live under the format of a traditional family. In October, 2003, the “Business Week” magazine proclaimed the following on its cover: “Unmarried America” (http://www.businessweek.com...), announcing the demographic irruption of single homes in the United States. From those times, the media has fruitlessly attempted to scrutinize a phenomenon that deserves a more complex treatment than the one that is having.
It calls the attention, throughout the time and the geography, the uniformity with which these cultural constellations have been observed by newspapers, magazines and even by movie and TV scriptwriters. According to this version, it would seem that the characteristics of a single may be described as a combination of individualism, loneliness, hedonism, immaturity. The detour in this approach becomes evident when the consumption analysis and the marketing research prevail (http://www.clarin.com...).
Is all the “experts” have to say? Do they not come up with other approaches? Why do testimonies biased by solitude, suffering, lack of commitment and delay in decision making (C Magazine - Crítica de la Argentina - 08/17/08) proliferate (and become naturalized)? The monumental failure of the family paradigm, as a reference to follow, must have a more consistent option than the one is seen on the surface. The only thing left is predisposition to find that option and interest to show it.
It is not astonishing that the interpreters of the traditional model of life explain reality in this way, deny to be aware of the crisis, even when it is evident, and be reluctant to analyze the emergence of potential alternatives (showing single people stigmatized by anguish does not seem to be an alternative). Its constitutive dependency does not let them admit that it is possible to change that ancient set of conventional values which regulate the way people live. Thus, what is natural turns into a great unpublished scoop: one can be a single in a sustainable way, enhancing sensitivity, sociability and the affective bonds.
It should not be surprising that throughout the history, different constellations have been defined for identical set of stars. So, reality demands to challenge the uncritical, functional and deactivating positions. When there are not impediments, looking at the sky may offer many innovations. The will of change and the independent view may make the disenchantment turn into illusion.
September 24th, 2008. Independent Perspective, Riorevuelto.org.
En primer lugar creo que si hay otros enfoques que piensan al single como una persona feliz, de hecho el marketing enfocado en captar a esos consumidores los piensan como ricos y exitosos, ciertamente tambien hedonistas, en eso acuerdo.
Pero por otro lado, me parece razonable la comparación con un modelo conocido. El fenómeno para mi se estudia y llama la atención porque es distinto a algo anterior y en función a ese parámetro se compara...