Sometimes I feel like an old fuddy duddy. I shake my head at the excessive violence, gore, and sex in movies and on TV shows, and the sensationalism of the evening news. I wonder about the moral compass of our youth. Goodness, when did I turn into my grandparents? Am I becoming out of date, out of fashion and obsolete? That can’t be! I’m too young.
Yet, my concern about the content of TV and movies has me re-watching films from my younger days, and retreating into re-runs of the Carol Burnett Show. Were times really simpler then? Perhaps.
But I think the real truth is that times haven’t changed as much as I have.
I’m different now. I no longer want to have a bunch of sex, violence, and bloody gore thrust in my face. Trust me, my imagination’s good enough!
I try to pay attention to what I fill my head with, from the books I read, to the music I listen to, and yes, all the way, to TV and movies. Okay, okay, I’m far from perfect. I still have my guilty pleasure movies and “trashy” TV shows that I like to watch.
But all of this does give me pause. What are we filling our heads with?
Are we so embroiled in the negativity of the news, militant websites, or angry social media posts that only continue to enflame our anger and negative attitudes. Yes, there’s a time to be angry on occasion, but are we so consumed that we’ve lost our joy? Have we forgotten all of the positive things in this world? Have we forgotten how to be kind?
We’re so busy finding the dividing line, looking for a way to tear each other down, instead of building each other up.
To me, it really does make a difference what you fill your head with. You may not even notice your own negativity or anger. It almost becomes habit.
So, call me a fuddy duddy and call me old-fashioned because I don’t want to jump on the latest binge-watching trend.
Again, I’m far from perfect, and have my media weaknesses in spades. But I certainly strive to be aware when my viewing or listening choices cause more anger, depression or negative thoughts.
At this time more than ever, we need to be filled with compassion and kindness for one another. To find ways to agree to disagree and build each other up.
How about you? Do you have tips for kindness and positivity? Do you think the media influences you more than you realize?
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