So I'm riding home from the grocery store reflecting on my day, reflecting on the many random thoughts that begin to metriculate into my consciousness and two things begin to stand out. Although on the surface they seem to bare no relation, to me they begin to mesh together to form my subject matter. The first involves the musician Akon, and his solar academy project that he just recently pioneered known as "Akon Lighting Africa".
This project will be the first of its kind, which will harvest energy and provide about 600 million Africans with electricity who are currently living off the grid. I'll be the first to say that I have never been a fan of any of Akon's music, not one track. He just doesn't appeal to my musical tastes.
But what he's doing as a humanitarian is amazing and should be applauded on a grand scale. The second topic that was materializing, revolved around a product highligted on a television show I came across the night before called "Secret Lives of the Super Rich". The product was a 2.3 million dollar watch by iconic watch brand Patek Philippe. Now I apologize that I don't remember the specific name of the watch and thats probably because I tuned that part out after I heard the 2.3 million dollar price tag which was followed up with the comment that merely having the money to purchase the watch wasn't enough, but you had to prove to the watch makers that you were worthy of purchasing it by showing that you were a worthy watch collector.
Now I won't judge the billionaire who purchased the watch because it's his money. But I definitly don't see the need to show my worth to anyone if I'm already spending 2.3 million dollars. However, he is allowed to spend his money however he pleases as that's his right. And he must have made some good choices in his life to become a billionaire anyway.
But what does blow my mind is why I've only heard a few snippets about what an awesome project Akon is spear heading while a product such as this watch has gotten attention on a national TV show. Who the Hell is in control of the damn lighthouse?! Meaning how far has our society gone to the point that we are more willing to shed light on million dollar watches, Kanye's latest rant, Kim's latest photo, and the crazy lives of The Real Housewives (half of them aren't even married, go figure), than a man bringing electricity to millions with some of his own money?
What's crazy is, Akon would have gotten more attention if he had done something illegal, negative, or self agrandizing. As a matter of fact, I bet it would have been all over twitter, facebook, the national news, and all over major media outlets on full blast. What happened to our moral fabric that we deem it more acceptable to highlight frivolous objects and actions over life changing deeds? I shouldn't have to wait until the annual episode of "CNN Heroes" to know what awesome things that folks around the world are doing on a grand scale to change lives and communities.
But I only have to wait a second to hear about selfish deeds, folks behaving like they have no common sense and acting like entitled brats. People, what are we doing? We talk about the youth and how children today behave, but we are giving them the blue print for their behavior. Stop showing them housewives that act ignorant and fight over stupid stuff and shed light on the woman who builds or works at homeless shelters. Stop showing them how to spend money or want million dollar necklaces and first show them how to take a million dollars and feed 5 million people. We can't look any furher than ourselves when we ask the question, "What has happened to our moral value these days?"