Kill Your Television!

This is what one of my buttons says.

I love it!

I have always been a major skeptic about the nature & purpose & point of television & the world of advertising (truth: I inherited this attitude of skepticism from my father, & am most grateful for it!)

TV is a vehicle for advertising. Simple as that.

The role of advertising is to sell us product & make the product-sellers rich. They get richer, we stay dissatisfied & distracted.

(I am drafting this message while sitting in the bus station in Washington, D.C., with CNN talking relentlessly in my ear about the flooding currently happening in Oklahoma, U.S.A.)

As long as we are absorbed in bad news stories – or even good ones! – we are not doing anything. We’re keeping Big Business & Big Government & Big Brother happy by not chipping away at their corporate agenda.

I don’t watch TV. I can’t stand its mindlessness (or perhaps I should say rather its lack of intelligence - since the great spiritual teachers tell us it is our minds that are actually the source of all our problems!).

This leaves me lots of time & energy to think my own thoughts rather than obsessing over what I don’t have & can’t do – & energy to do what I can do. Which is plenty.


P.S. Yes, yes, yes, I know. There is some good stuff on TV. Granted! But most of what’s on it is pure unadulterated crap, & you & I both know that, don’t we? If TV is where you are getting your news, do bear in mind that what you are getting is not really news, but sound bites. Sound bites filtered through the corporate agenda of whatever massive company it is that owns the media outlet(s). Their filter may be invisible to you – but trust me, it is there.

‘Quote of the day’ w. this post: “I’m always amazed that people will actually choose to sit in front of the television and just be savaged by stuff that belittles their intelligence.” – Alice Walker, writer (1944- )