Thursday, July 29, 2010

I Hate T.V.!

 We have no T.V. at home. I like this situation. No jingles are in the kid's head, they don't sit and stare at a Magic  Box that tells them how to look , think,and feel. In the average house ,by 18 months old,  the child can identify about 20 brand name items (probably more)!

We recently visited my parents who have a large T.V. in the center of the house. The place of honor is where everyone sits to visit. The big blank face pervades the room. While  my Dad watches it he sleeps. But my little darlings couldn't tear themselves from it. I think it called to them. It was a constant mantra "turn it off " " go out " , anything. I would unplug and take out the cable card but you can't fool the older ones.

Fourteen year olds are savvy and can find anything or fix anything. They also know when I'm in bed all  is well with the world. WATCH!  They don't watch porn but I remain opposed to the entire thing. It alters our outlook to a fantasy of impossible expectations. It is a world of violence that has no consequences and a onesided view of the planet that is hard to overcome even when one WANTS to. Kicking the TV habit is freeing both for the mind and body. And here I was sitting with the Devil again.

I managed TV free days. Beach and hiking helped. But I am happy to get back where there is no monster. I like seeing the kids read and play. I know their minds are active and free of false impressions presented as reality.  I HATE T.V.!

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