25 Oct 2016 Member Berries (South Park), “Breaking Canon” (the symbolism in having to replace my “Canon” camera and the US Presidential Election)

Good morning to you. It’s 4:30 am and the topic that came to me for today was one word Canon.

Now as you may or may not know I have a Canon Powershot A580 camera I use to take the pictures for this blog and it is starting to fail on me. It’s starting to suck through batteries more quickly than it used to. It won’t allow me to set the date and time function and remember that I’ve done it after I shut off the camera.

The bottom line is my trusty friend’s lifespan is coming to an end and it’s time for me to get a new camera. Eventually I would like to have a “real” camera again but in the meantime, we have chosen to buy a Apple Iphone from Kyle’s youngest brother and the camera on it will be at least twice as good as I now have. Once we get the phone activated (pain in the ass you can’t just use a device when you want!) I will start learning to use it and we will work together to take new pictures for this blog!

24 Oct 2016 -phone we bought from Kyle's brother mainly for the camera

24 Oct 2016 -phone we bought from Kyle’s brother mainly for the camera

On this season of South Park, an animated Comedy Central series we enjoy, they have come up with a very resonate way to describe something that is going on in our country and us as a people and this ties in nicely with that word I started with, Canon.

What is Canon in story telling? (ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_(fiction))

In fiction, canon is the material accepted as officially part of the story in an individual universe of that story. It is often contrasted with, or used as the basis for, works of fan fiction. The alternative terms mythology, timeline, and continuity are often used, with the former being especially to refer to a richly detailed fictional canon requiring a large degree of suspension of disbelief (e.g. an entire imaginary world and history), while the latter two typically refer to a single arc where all events are directly connected chronologically.

(like the multi-verse concept)

The South Park team has come up with a brilliant concept they call “member berries” to illustrate a behavior in people of my generation and those before me. I catch myself doing it all the time! “Remember that song, or that actor, or that movie? Wasn’t it great?!” Then we’ll go back to actually listen or watch and it’s not quite as good as we “member!” Sometimes what we remember and want to revisit in our current life are good but they need a new “storyline.”

Many of my generation and those before are afraid to break the “Canon” of the past. They are afraid that the new life we are trying to create won’t be as good as they remember and in some cases, will not include them. This is all part of the suffering that comes from “attachment” to Canon….like me to my old camera lol. We tried to buy an upgrade of the camera I have now but I immediately rejected probably even before we brought it home. It wasn’t my trusty old camera that I know how to operate and getting the new camera would mean I’d have to learn how to use something new which can be intimidating!

(I still don’t like that I would have had to use a Cloud server to retrieve my photos because in doing that I lose sole ownership!)

Change to “Canon” is hard but sometimes the past is better off left there or taken forward to a new age….not a reboot but a restart! The show Penny Dreadful is a fantastic example of how to do that in the entertainment world. They took our favorite monster stories of the past and gave them new stories that were resonant to our today without negating their origin stories!

This is something I have had to deal with personally with regard to the life I lead with my family after my birth mother’s suicide and it’s what each one of us, as we age and near the ends of our journey’s as who we are. It’s not who we were that makes us great, it’s who we are right NOW that matters. It’s not who we think we should be but who we actually are.

The Unites States of America with it’s cringe-worthy Presidential election is a blessing because it is showing us exactly who we’ve been and who we are now….who we, as a country aspire to be.

To be who we aspire to be will mean breaking Canon on everything we’ve ever know and been. This doesn’t mean who we used to be and the past isn’t important or should not be remembered, cherished and respected.

It just means we must lose our unhealthy attachment to the “good old days” that in many cases, were not so great to actually become “Great Again.”



Member Berries

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“Member Berries”

Episode no.

Season 20

Episode 1

Directed by

Trey Parker

Written by

Trey Parker

Featured music

“Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE

Production code


Original air date

September 14, 2016

Episode chronology

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South Park (season 20)

“Member Berries” is the first episode in the twentieth season of the American animated television series South Park. The 268th episode of the series overall, it premiered on Comedy Central in the United States on September 14, 2016.

The episode lampooned the massive national media coverage of Colin Kaepernick and other American athletes’ protest of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton while also commenting on nostalgia and reboots.

http://southpark.cc.com/clips/72bgbp/member-chewbecca-again – video clip



13 comments on “25 Oct 2016 Member Berries (South Park), “Breaking Canon” (the symbolism in having to replace my “Canon” camera and the US Presidential Election)

  1. you are right… the member berries are worth to ponder about this topic… I love south park, it’s rude sometimes and below the belt… but there never was a lie, everything came with some truth inside…

    • I agree Easy. Exploring this Member Berry subject has been very healthy for me because it resonates with where I’m at in my journey. I’m 48 years old and at a point in my life when I’m doing that “remember when” stuff and some of it is really worth holding on to and some of it, not so much….actually a lot of it not so much. I’m living in a world surrounded by people all going through what I am but they don’t realize that by holding on so tight to the past they are obstructing the future. We can’t go back to the past, we have “right now” and it is the only time that truly matters on our timeline. I am learning to adopt “dog mind” when it comes to life and “membering” and it doesn’t mean I forget the past or don’t value it, it’s that I don’t “live there” anymore and try to “be in now” to the fullest that I can. Love to you my friend.

      • we always should remember the past, of course, but we never should be glued there… if, then we are not able to walk forwards… :o) it was a broad hint with the member berries… hope a lot of peeps got it… like me… who still sticks with a canon with a tired shutter… but I think santa will solve that problem this year finally :o)

  2. As a Canadian, I’m not sure we are on the same page re. elections.. however, what you said is very true, ONLY IN MY VIEW, the ugliness and lack of respect towards human beings, if it is a mirror of what has become.. of every day Americans, then I really do cringe.. HOWEVER, I believe that the every day American is not what is on public view, but that because of media, people all over where there is advanced media coverage.. are suffering from too much exposure to “reality TV” and headlines that often tell only a jaded side of a story.
    Smiles… it is always so nice to hear from you.. I keep my iPhone with me when my camera is resting .. its bigger.. I allow it time off =^_^= Have a good day Sunshine!
    Get some play time in..

  3. As our Canadian neighbors so kindly and generously reminded us recently, “You’ve always been great!” Our definition and parameters of “great” should, and can, change with expanding Consciousness, Jackie. Let’s expand great! 😉 xoxoM

    • Dymoon you must have sensed I needed some soul food today! Had a tidal wave come in about missing my cat Amber today. This is absolutely beautiful and I see they have other songs too that I can listen to also! Thank you so much! xo

      Deva Premal and Miten with Manose: Gayatri Mantra 2009, In Concert

    • Thanks for coming by to visit Jamie!!! Yes, Member Berries is a great representation of where much of our world is at in it’s collective consciousness. It’s scary when you have to grow up and you don’t want or aren’t sure if where you are growing to is a place you can reach inside and out. We can do this – I have faith in all of us. Love to you my friend!

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