I sometimes feel our society is drowning in an ocean of mediocrity. Crappy TV, crappy music on the radio, and crappy movies shown at my local theater. Not to mention junk food being fed to us.
The sad thing is there is good music and good movies being made but you won’t hear it on your radio or see it at the theater. Why? Because music you have to really listen to fully appreciate, or movies that make you think, do not appeal to the masses.
Just as junk food gives a body instant gratification, so too does junk TV, music and Movies. And crappy TV and other entertainment is destroying people’s minds, just as surely as junk food destroys bodies.
The sugar or salt on junk food only gives a person fleeting pleasure while they are actually eating it. The moment they stop eating they are craving more.
So too with entertainment; people are constantly listening to music through ear buds because they are not actually listening, it is just background noise.
It is not difficult to eat healthy, it is not even expensive; it does however, require a conscious effort to research, choose and prepare the right food. It is not difficult to find decent entertainment either; it just takes a conscious effort to seek it out.
Some people might even find benefit if they removed the ear buds while running or riding their bikes and simply listen to the sounds of nature, or even just enjoy the silence. Plus they would have increased awareness of their surroundings, thus increasing their safety.
About six months ago I dropped cable TV. I got tired of paying a premium for 150 channels and finding nothing worth watching.
I switched to Hulu and Netflix, and between the two I can pick and choose what shows I want to watch. More important I can watch them when I want to; I am not tied to the TV channel’s schedule. For example, I can watch the late night programs early the following evening.
It is one of the best things I ever did, it is costing me a fraction of what I previously paid for cable. And I have found there are some great movies being made that never make it to the movie theatre.
It is important to me what I feed my body and my mind.