Every television network has a department of standards and practices.
They’re responsible for the moral, ethical and legal implications of any program that the network airs. They’re the people who send out tens of thousands of hilarious puritanical memos like this.
Presenters please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic.
This makes total sense from an advertising standpoint. The museum of broadcast communications writes that since the thirties, networks have needed to protect their public image as responsible institutions that offer sources of reliable information and satisfying entertainment for the entire family.
They are the guardians of taste and decency. No buttock cracks allowed.
But human beings are not corporations. We have no choice but to be our own department of standards and practices. It can’t be outsourced or automated. The onus is on us to maintain our own sense of efficacy.
Especially during our most stressful times.
We certainly ask for help and solicit feedback from those we trust most, but at the end of the day, only we can make that call.
Weiss writes in his enlightening book about thriving that true resilience doesn’t require the validation of others. It means you are capable when necessary of working independently and listening only to your own judgment, without needing to validate against anyone else’s expectations, and without needing the support or input of others to sustain themselves.
In short, you are your own departments of standards and practices.
It’s a much freer and more satisfying way to live. Making decisions by committee might work for billion dollar institutions, but for actual people, there’s only one signature we need to keep moving our story forward.
Remember, there is always plenty of time to listen to your own voice.
If you want to show your butt crack on camera, then you go ahead and do it.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
What action could you take that would be a signal to your own spirit that your life is being lived well?