On the fan forum site "Avatar Forums," a topic thread entitled "Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible," has received more than 1,000 posts from people experiencing depression and fans trying to help them cope.For reals! You really can't make this nonsense up. But the part that really had me screaming at the computer screen was some idiot named Ivan Hill. Why? Well, here is what he had to say:
"When I woke up this morning after watching Avatar for the first time yesterday, the world seemed ... gray. It was like my whole life, everything I've done and worked for, lost its meaning," Hill wrote on the forum. "It just seems so ... meaningless. I still don't really see any reason to keep ... doing things at all. I live in a dying world."Nevermind the fact that Mr. Hill is 17, so I'm not sure all of what he's "done and worked for", but the response of the article really missed a golden opportunity in my mind.
The bright side is that for Hill and others like him -- who became dissatisfied with their own lives and with our imperfect world after enjoying the fictional creation of James Cameron -- becoming a part of a community of like-minded people on an online forum has helped them emerge from the darkness.And what is this community going to do? Seems like absolutely not a god-damned thing. No call to action to lead people to live greener lives, to demand real government action to protect and save the environment, no campaigns to hold politicians (who literally hold the earth's sustainability in their hands with their votes) accountable. Nah, just a place to pat each other on the head and tell each other that life doesn't suck that much. Oh, and to do the following:
Within the fan community, suggestions for battling feelings of depression after seeing the movie include things like playing "Avatar" video games or downloading the movie soundtrack, in addition to encouraging members to relate to other people outside the virtual realm and to seek out positive and constructive activities.Yeah, go play a freaking video game. Forget about volunteering time to build a local garden or park ... that's for those idiots who live in reality. Reading this stupidity makes me depressed. Excuse me while I go play a video game.