There is a reason that I decided to touch on the subject of TV. At one time or another you were exposed to television. We all had our favorite shows. And who could forget the enticing advertisements that drove us to the stores to spend, spend, spend our hard-earned money to enrich the multinational corporations. However I don’t look at TV as a bad thing. To me television is like a gun. A gun can be used to go on a murdering spree or it can be used to protect yourself and your family from a burglar. As of right now, due to the heavily centralized control of the media and the people that control it, TV is being used for more malevolent purposes. Television nowadays paints a picture for the human as a window of what life is like, what life is about, and what people should think. And for many years it has worked like a charm.
Television today has bred a mass of consumerists and materialists. The type that live for instant gratification. The type that will watch a credit card commercial and sign up for one to buy things that they cannot afford just to go into deeper and deeper debt. And then what happens from there? A commercial comes on selling you on the idea that you can consolidate your credit card debt with your mortgage and other miscellaneous debt in order to refinance all your debt. Sounds good right? But is it? As someone who used to work in this type of field dealing with refinancing and consolidating debt, there is a catch. It’s called the interest rate. And depending on how good or bad your credit was, that would determine how high or low your interest rate was. But as we all know, interest is money created out of nothing. So you are paying unnecessary extra cash just to get out of the debt that you were originally in. It does sound ridiculous right?
However, I am getting off topic so allow me to get back on track. Television can actually be used to educate people. What if instead of pumping stupid crap like Jersey Shore (admittedly used to be a fan before I woke up) and America’s Got Talent, we informed the public about things that mattered like how can we clean up the oil spills in the oceans caused by jerk companies like British Petroleum (BP) or how to learn the law (common law and admiralty law). What if we were taught about who we really are, which is infinite awareness having a human experience, instead of being told that we are just an insignificant human that needs government to tell them how to live their lives and what they can do or being told that buying more material things and having more money will make us happy and get us laid. This can even be done on the entertainment side of TV. What if the shows we watched educated us as well as amused us? The Matrix was a good example of this.
It all starts with being willing to admit that TV in its state right now is not beneficial for us. So stop watching it! Easier said than done. But if done it causes quite a ripple. Why? Because if no one watches the junk on TV, ratings drop and advertisers lose money. And of course that is not okay with them. But that will be just fine for us because it means that just maybe they may have to see it the people’s way as far as what programming is aired. Wishful thinking, but many successful things were built on wishful thinking.
Just so I don’t come off as a hypocrite, I do still watch TV every once in a blue, but have greatly reduced my TV watching as of the last two years. So I can relate to when people say it’s hard to stop watching. So my advice is do what I did. Reduce the amount of TV you watch as each day passes and then before you know it you will have eliminated TV from your daily schedule.