So we'll live,And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laughAt gilded butterflies- Shakespeare – King Lear Act V... Read More
So we'll live, And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh At gilded butterflies
- Shakespeare – King Lear Act V : Scene III
Look how beautiful, glamourous, fun, happy, balanced, zen, successful, rich, valued…. I am. Social media the gilded butterfly of our time, when “likes” became a plural noun. Only the best view, best composition, best “reflection” of who we are appears on social media and the “likes” do seem to matter, social media masquerades as objectivity. When does filter and fact become blurred? When does the footnote of a photo, become the subtitle and when is
it the script?
Some efforts to make the perfect post takes it to the level of ridiculousness, “influencers in the wild”. Technically we could gild a butterfly and make it more beautiful than it already is but would it be worth the effort and the cost, if the original beauty is forever hidden. Like a celebrity that no longer can just be a butterfly, the gilding limits their movement, weighs them down and sometimes crushes them. The heart and the thumbs up icons on social media have become the added gold. This gold can hold people down, limit their movements, decisions and ultimately drives much of the world we now live in.
Social media creates a fantasy world where people feel they can gild their own lives, creating exteriors making lives seem better, more exciting, more holistic, more beautiful than reality. Sometimes life is just living, no matter where you are. The groceries have to be purchased, the meals cooked, the clothing washed and the human body maintained, the simple act of sleeping must be done, none of these things can be gilded.