Call me unsympathetic, but I have to say it: What is with this whole Avatar-induced depression that apparently thousands are feeling?
A few days ago, while riding the T to work, I skimmed through the Metro like I always do, and lo and behold, there was an article about how moviegoers have been reporting feelings of depression and suicidal thoughts after seeing James Cameron’s blockbuster. Online forums about these feelings and ways to cope popped up all over the place with—get this—people who couldn’t handle knowing that we’ll never live in a world of such color or of the fictional Na’vi race.
And so my response….WHAT?! Never do I want to disregard anyone’s genuine feelings of sadness or depression, but I have to point out that this is not the first mythical world we’ve ever seen! Sure, Cameron may have done the best job at creating the fantasy, but for years video games and movies have used evolving technology to provide escapes. I wonder, have there been other unreal places/people that have stimulated such feelings of depression?
I’m no psychiatrist, so I won’t go further. I will, however, say that we are immensely privileged to have what we do and live where we do. I can’t help but think of the people of Haiti who have lost everything, or the people in the Middle East who live amongst perpetual violence, or…or…or….the list goes on and on. Let’s take a step back from fantasyland and take a walk outside. Besides, if you want a better world, make one. Take better care of the people and things around you. As is often said in the real world, change starts with one.
Posted by Haley