The media gets blamed for a lot of the problems in the world and rightly so. Every day we are bombarded with images that influence the way we think about ourselves and others. We see images of beautiful people living perfect lives that make us feel like there is something wrong with us. We see ads that tell us we need to buy certain products in order to be accepted and loved. Our confidence takes a hit and we become a person who feels unworthy and inferior to everyone else.
So, who is the media? Who is telling us the lies that we are not good enough, that we don’t measure up and that we have no value? It is not just a screen or an image that we see. The media is comprised of people just like you and me. It is people who are creating these images that have a profound influence on us. We are influenced by everyone and everything that goes on around us. These influences can be positive or they can be negative.
The ads that promote beauty products are most often created by women. It is women that are tearing other women down! Did you ever consider this? The ads they create tell us:
- we don’t look good enough (FOR WHAT?)
- we are too fat, too skinny, too tall, too short, etc….(COMPARED TO WHAT RIDICULOUS STANDARD?)
- we don’t measure up (TO WHAT?)
- we need to buy their products in order to have friends and be successful (WHY IS OUR FUTURE DEPENDENT ON THEM?)
We need to stop believing what the media tells us. Next time you want to believe something that the media is telling you, stop and consider who is really speaking to you. The media is just a bunch of strangers who don’t know anything about you and don’t really care who you are. All they want is to make you feel bad about yourself so they can line their pockets with your hard-earned money. Don’t believe their lies. We DO have value. We ARE good enough. We DO measure up. We DO NOT need their products to be a productive and successful human being. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. Our value lies in who we are, not in what we look like or what we have.