Sunday, July 06, 2014
Do you feel TV is a land where people are trying to get you excited about things that you don't want to get excited about? Do you feel compromised when you are watching something, they tell you something else is coming, and you wait and wait for that story, only to be frustrated by more talk and more commercial breaks? Do you feel the TV land is a little less REAL than you like to be? Does it seem to be a land of hucksters and promoters?
Well, I can tell you something. You don't have to watch, or even listen. I was reading tonight that for each hour less people watch TV they have a corresponding increase in contentment. Four and half years ago, frustrated by the large omnipresent screen and sound in our house, and at the same time, frustrated by shelling out over a hundred dollars per month for the right to have this presence in our home, my wife and I had our satellite dish disconnected. It is by far, one of the best decisions we have made in our adult life. So much time was spent wasting away the hours with someone else's thoughts, someone else's presentations. Now, we are free to pursue our own interests.
It's true, we still waste time, though I'm not so sure sitting and thinking and talking are time wasted. But we have our own thoughts. Our own interests. My wife has been doing a good deal of writing, reading, and her Sunday companion, the New York Times Crossword puzzle. I now go to the gym three times per week, as well as started a complex book reading program that I hope to complete in the next 5 or so years. And we both listen to a lot of music. Life is so much more rewarding, freed of the chains of our big green monster. We do still watch movies on it two or three times per week, and we sometimes watch shows on my computer. But, man, I'll tell you, it is great to not be so compromised all the time. Best wishes, Glenn