It's like pulling over or slowing down to look at an accident. What is happening to the sensibility of the people of this world? You can watch on TV every sort of crime story where explicit instructions on how to kill, maim or dispose of a foe. Perfect murder alibis are provided and still we watch.
You can watch skinny people vie to fatten up and fat people vie to lose weight, for the princely sum of the show's jackpot; the people on the show are prompted to show shame/joy at their actions and the results are always amazing; the networks don't care one way or the other, it's money.
You can follow a group of foodies around the world who eat bugs and hot chilli peppers, sleep in the wild without protection and still, no shame or blame to either the contestant or the network.
You can watch the news where they describe in detail how to make a pressure cooker bomb and then later through the following days ponder on how it could be possible that someone could do such a thing, as they barrage us with photos and video on the 'freaks' that have caused this to happen. If the trial gets delayed for every/any reason, the story dies on the editor's desk until a conviction is secured.
The most popular show on TV right now is about a school teacher gone bad that is now a drug lord selling drugs back to the community, and still, people watch. (I don't.) When you were growing up, was this someone you knew, looked up to or even acknowledged? Nope.
When is the last time you took the time to actually look at what you and your family are watching and how it is affecting your day to day life? Is your son now starting to tell you when it's time to go to bed? Is he even home when you retire for the evening?
How about your daughter? Is she the sweet little girl you raised, or is something constantly nagging you in the back of your mind? Are your friends as true as they used to be? What you watch, learn, breathe and live are how you are presented to this world. If you have a wart, it shows. If you have a beautiful smile, it shows. If you have a nasty attitude, well, you know where I'm going with that.
If for one moment, you cringe while watching something on TV, there are only three reasons: It is either gross, wrong or scary.
In either of the first two cases, there is only one thing you need to do: Change the channel or shut it off. If it's just scary, scream, throw your popcorn in the air and revel in the absolute shock you just received. You can and will laugh at yourself later, it's OK! The first two give you unlimited options: Grab a book, hug your kid, call a friend or family member, but most importantly, do not watch the show just because some network is trying to tell you that it's OK because millions of other people are watching.
We need to monitor ourselves, stop blaming others for our and our children and our bad behavior and return to family time. By the way, I'm only 50 so for those of you who think I am a cronie (Oh, maybe I am!) I assure you that I am sane, love to watch sports, the news, cooking shows, the nature channel (even though some of that can get pretty gross).
I read the newspaper most every day and stay on top of the world's happenings. I recently lost my partner of 20 years to cancer and have started to look back at my life and thought I could share a little of my insight.
I'll give you a challenge: Turn off the reality channels for a week and see if you can remember your son's/daughter's third best friend's name, your favorite Aunt's recipe and for the younger folks, where your parents met. Good luck!
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