Hakuna Matata

It’s a gift and a curse…

In basketball, Michael Jordan’s greatest gift was his will to win and be the greatest ever. This same gift ended up being his biggest detriment in the latter stages of his career. During his last few seasons, he could not adapt to being the contributor and struggled throughout the season.

Hawaii is in a similar situation. In class, it was pointed out that Hawaii can take a person out of the submarine, even if it’s just for a moment. Taking advantage of Hawaii’s natural resources – mountains and oceans – can snap a person back to reality. Hawaii can free a person from the prison of the digital world. While this is certainly a blessing, it can also be a curse. Hawaii often times creates a lifestyle that is hard to break out of. A recent poll showed that Hawaii ranked as the number one state for wellbeing. If outside the submarine represents reality and the problems of the world, Hawaii is the worst place to live to escape the sub.

A similar example of this situation is in the movie the Lion King. In Pride Rock, Simba was living in the real world. Pride Rock was community based, where problems were solved and dealt with by the community. When Simba life took an unfortunate turn, and he met Timon and Pumbaa, his life took a 180 degree turn. By living in paradise, Simba developed the Hakuna Matata (“it means no worries for the rest of your days”) lifestyle. It literally took a vision of his father, a talk with Rafiki, and an old friend from the past to snap Simba back into reality. And even with a traumatic shake-up, Simba was still hesitant to leave his comfortable life in paradise.

In class, we discussed how Hawaii was very fortunate from avoiding potential disasters such as radiated waters or tsunamis. Sadly, it would take an event like that to shake people out of the Hakuna Matata mindset.



~ by digitalamericathebeautiful on April 25, 2012.

One Response to “Hakuna Matata”

  1. Do you really think that the bind between reality as reality and reality as fantasy is permanent in Hawai’i? Consider the fact that the old people have to die sooner or later, water will become an issue on O’ahu in particular, and tourism can’t last forever… Your generation – among them the “motivated” ones from Schidler – will take over.

    You’ll all be raised with the common experiences of finishing Skyrim with slightly different results, and Tweeting, and breaking up on Facebook, etc. I would be genuinely surprised (and disappointed) if you ran Hawai’i the way that mine is running it.

    I’d be curious to know exactly how you expect your generation to get infected with the values of the older one.

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