Today, in one of many busride discussions with fellow BGU students, a thought crystallized about the appeal of the Jerry Springer show. (I know this is completely random--which could also easily be the name of this blog.) But admit it--we've all often wondered, even aloud, "if people's lives are such a ridiculous mess, why do they choose to let it all hang out, often literally, on the Jerry Springer Show?"
But what if the reason is redemptive?
Maybe, just maybe the unconscious thinking goes like this: "My life is a wreck. If I go on Jerry Springer and tell everyone about my mess, afterward my life will still be a mess. But after the show I'll be (in)famous, for a minute. And maybe being (in)famous for a minute will make my mess a little bit more worth it."
No, I don't think anyone would actually have this internal dialogue consciously. And no, I don't think this redemption has value that lasts. But I do think this is at least part of what drives people to publicly expose themselves when things are all wrong. Pastor Jerry Springer, bringing a version of redemption to the messiness of life? I admit, its a stretch but worth thinking about.