Thursday, May 24, 2012

Think On These Things...

I received a text tonight from my mother who was flipping through channels and ran across a story of a 32 year old young "man" (and I use the term loosely. dog and/or man whore I think is more apt) who had already fathered 30 children with 11 different women.  A number of thoughts came to mind based on this information.  I have to wonder how this "man" is still alive.  You know with 11 women, there has to be some lying and or cheating going on, which I would be lead to believe at least one woman has been wronged.  You know the saying "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned".

After one thinks through the freak show nature of this "news", I think about the current state of TV and the so called "news".  Admittedly, I don't watch a lot of TV.  I find most of it is not worth watching and therefore does no deserve my precious time (and time is precious, you can never make more).  I am disgusted by the train wrecks known as reality TV.  I don't know about you, but I live in reality.  I don't need to watch it on TV.  If I want reality, I live my life.  If I watch TV, I need it to be entertaining.  Entertainment to me is something funny (Big Bang Theory), something fantastic ( Star Trek) or a good drama (NCIS, Downton Abbey).  I will also watch if the show is uplifting (Undercover Boss).  You don't even want to get me started on the sad state of affairs the "news" is.

I don't understand why we give our time to the freak shows, to trash , to people behaving badly (the proceeding statement is rhetorical, I know it's about ratings).  We don't get time back, why are we squandering it on the lowest common denominator?  Why do we allow network executives to convince us this is entertaining?  You have control over what's on TV.  If no one watches, the network executives will put something else on.

Why isn't the hard working mom or dad who works all day and then comes home to actually parent (spend time with, read to, etc.) their children on TV?  Why isn't the young neighbor who helps the elderly neighbor on TV?  Why isn't the person who aids a stranger in a moment of distress on TV?  I will tell you why.  These activities are "boring" and "normal" (although I'm not so sure about the normal anymore).  I wonder what would happen if our society started to give attention to every day heroes instead of societal fringe.  Why do we reward bad behavior with attention?

Let me share with you piece of information I learned as a child.  "And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." That is Philippians 4:8 (NLT)  Regardless of you religious stance, I do not believe Philippians 4:8 is anything but good advice.  What would this world be like if everyone of us focused on the positive?  What would happen if we encouraged each other and praised the every day heroes?  I believe this world would be a much better place.  

Mahatma Gandhi said “Be the change you want to see in the world.”  Gandhi is right, I have to be the change I want to see.  Will you join me?  Think on these things...

Until Tomorrow - Melissa


  1. I agree with you 100%! On ALL points! In my humble opinion, people waste time watching trash TV to make themselves feel better about their own patheric lives. Many feel helpless to change their circumstances. Seeing people worse off they fool themselves into believing that they're doing "alright". Truly sad to see...

  2. Oh, I totally agree! It makes me so sad that this culture glorifies the things it does -- creepy criminals, people who are famous only because they're spoiled rotten, people who are less than mediocre. It's like people these days are attracted to anything and everything that keeps them from thinking.

  3. I was taking the portrait of a woman and her six children not too long ago. Each of the children had a different last name and there was no man present for the portrait. The Salesman asked me why all the kids had different last names, and I ask, why do you think?

    Back in my more serious blogging days I would keep track of what was trending on Google, so I could write a post on the current hot topic. Most of these things were pretty dumb. I agree with your TV choices and I have avoid shows about little people, parents of twenty kids, and anyone named Kardashian.

    The reason the good and the normal don't get coverage is because it is still assumed that they are not exceptional-there is nothing newsworthy about a dog biting a man. The only news I like is The Daily Show and the weekend shows like CBS Sunday Morning and NPRs All Things Considered with the serious content removed. But that's just me.

  4. Thank you all for your comments! It seems we are all in agreement. Since I have decided I want to be the change I want to see, maybe Random Thoughts needs to start highlighting the "normal" upstanding citizen. What do you think?