Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Naked and Afraid

I’ve watched a couple of new survivor shows recently. There’s one called “Naked and Afraid.” Yep, two people, a man and a woman, who don’t know each other take off all their clothes and meet in a field or somewhere and together they test their survival skills for 21 days.

It's a production. A game show. Survival is a misnomer. Naked is true. I'm not sure about afraid. There is a production crew on location, videotaping the choices of these naked strangers. The front parts of the body are blurred; the backs are not. It’s shock drama to keep you watching, but it's not really survival.

If anyone of the contestants were starving, hurt or harmed in anyway, other than a bruised ego for not making it, then the production crews would provide aid or sustenance. Besides the contestants can quit at any time.

The real survivors of the world are the starving children and adults in places that might just as well be a wilderness for all the attention the outside world gives them. They do not have the luxury of immediate outside help, nor can they quit and go home. They die. According to the world health organization, 35 thousand people a day, a thousand children an hour, die from hunger and hunger related diseases.

The few who do make it are the real survivors.

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