“Pushing The Envelope?”

I’ve heard the phrase used a lot over the years but probably have never given it much thought, until today.

Apparently the other night ABC aired some Music Awards show on TV. Adam Lambert, the runner-up in last season’s American Idol competition, performed live during the show. And his ‘highly suggestive & sexually charged’ performance has had a lot of people talking since the show aired.

I read/heard some news clip earlier this morning where he was interviewed and asked about some of the stunts he pulled.

His response was pretty defensive – he feels like he is just another artist in a long line, historically, who feels it is their duty to continue ‘pushing the envelope’ in the name of ‘art’.

In plain talk, he likes to offend people who tend to be more conservative in their views than his own.

What I would like to ask people with his mindset is this:

1 – How far does the envelope need to be pushed?

2 – How does one determine when the envelope has been pushed far enough?

3 – Will there ever be a limit or boundary? And if so, isn’t it a bit naive to think someone else won’t come along and feel that new boundary needs to be pushed back even more?

I’m no prophet, but I think you would find this to be a pretty sure bet: Take a moment and imagine what you would consider to be the most unsettling and disturbing thing you could dream up in your mind. I think it’s safe to say that at some point in your lifetime, you will probably see it exhibited, and publicly embraced as some form of ‘entertainment’. And to be perfectly honest, that really is quite disturbing. Someone once said that what one generation tolerates in moderation, the next generation will abuse in excess.

I just wonder if/when there will ever be a stopping point.

I don’t believe, obviously, that the world is flat. But it would seem to me that at some point in time, we as a society are going to come to the ‘edge of a cliff’ and it will be too late to turn back.

That is my personal view, and I’m sticking to it! 🙂 Have a wonderful Thanksgiving