The television, that insidious beast…

Tv is a fear machine. It wants you to be afraid, needy, competitive and unhappy with your life.

If you came and you found a strange man… teaching your kids to punch each other, or trying to sell them all kinds of products, you’d kick him right out of the house, but here you are; you come in and the TV is on, and you don’t think twice about it. ~Jerome Singer

1.Take a close look at the ads: they portray everything you think you need and you really want! But you cannot afford! or maybe you do, using your credit card. They tell you how you should look too. 2.Take a look at the reality Tv shows: showing competitiveness, self-pity and selfishness..all the wrong values. 3. Take a look at the News: The world seems out of control.

“You imagine the world is this explosive horrifying place. And the news is all this negativity condensed…it is really not representative of what the world is or what the world wants...”Jim Carrey on Eckhart Tolle Tv

“It is entertainment” you may argue but does that really entertain you? How do you feel after 2 or 3 hours of TV, changing from channel to channel? Are you inspired? Do you feel like new ideas are boosting out of you? I bet you don’t, I bet you feel tired and hungry. Discouraged by all these negativity. And you go to bed and sleep…in fear. Afraid that something bad may eventually happen to you or your family, or that you may never reach your dreams. You no longer know Who you are…  It is madness.

The television, that insidious beast, that Medusa which freezes a billion people to stone every night, staring fixedly, that Siren which called and sang and promised so much and gave, after all, so little.~Ray Bradbury, The Golden Apples of the Sun

That is why I do not watch Tv. I don’t. I have tried many times and end up fed up by the amount of trash it is in it. That is why I like the Internet and the real choices you have in front of you if you know what you want to get from it. You have all kinds of TV content…from old programs in you tube, comedy, movies, to inspirational content like Eckhart Tolle TV. or Smart ideas and conferences in TED. com.  You can also try apple TV which lets you choose and subscribe to channels online or rent movies (read ¨I sleep with my ipod touch¨)

You have online encyclopedias, museums and entire libraries like The World Digital Library! where you can search any topic from any part of the world in any language and from any time in History.   Magazines from all over the globe!  There you have pure and honest entertainment. Think of it, millions of people online sharing ideas, connecting.

Of course you will find the ugly side of it..the Pornography, the Violence, the stupidity of gossip and the misinformation around serious topics. But you can press that little “X” at the top of your window or tab and stop watching. You choose the content, you contribute to it, you share it.  You may spend 3 to 4 hours on the internet numbing yourself with same boring content as a regular TV (this is how well we are trained after years of telly) or you may spend them wisely, learning, opening yourself to new ideas, getting uplifted or simply enjoying a good read, a good video that makes you smile or cry a little. And go to bed tonight smiling…because there is no fear and no anxiousness. The last thing you watched or read was your choice and I’m sure you chose that which best reflect your state of mind.

You can always grab a good real paper made book and feel the flipping of the pages and relax by the peaceful sound of words inside your head or the images it evokes.

Sweet dreams.

I’m OFF now.

I watched this video of “The real Jim Carrey” I share it with you.

Some links to dive into:

World Digital Library

TED Ideas Worth Spreading

Eckhart Tolle TV | Creating a New Earth Together.

4 thoughts on “The television, that insidious beast…

  1. I really liked this post!!!

    I got rid of TV many years ago when I felt what you described so accurately. Since then I am healthier, happier and more peaceful. Regarding Web, you are right! It is a two-edged sword… but ultimately is in our hands to decide. Free will at last.

    Who else joins our TV-free world?

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