When I am lying on my death bed, one of my biggest regrets is probably going to be all the time I wasted, sitting on my butt in front of a television. That’s time I could have spent on more godly pursuits, such as helping the less fortunate and participating in church activities. I can’t help but think that my life and the life of everyone else who has lived since the advent of TV would have been much better had that darn thing never been invented. Although there have been some positive things that have come from television, I believe it has been a net negative for our culture and society.
Thanks to TV, far too many of us have become overweight, out of shape couch potatoes. This has been a major contributing factor to skyrocketing healthcare costs. We have become satisfied with watching other people play games rather than playing our own games. We have allowed Hollywood to brainwash us into thinking that fornication, adultery, homosexuality, vulgarity, vengefulness, hatred, envy, greed, selfishness, and vanity are acceptable and normal.
We have let TV “teach” us that violence is often a suitable way of resolving our problems. TV has fueled our impatience by giving the false impression and that any problem, no matter how complex, can be resolved in no longer than one hour. Then we are shocked when we step into the real world and discover that this kind of instant gratification is rarely available.
I’ve often tried to imagine a world without the boob tube. Although it’s very difficult for me to envision – with TV having been an integral part of my life since age four, why my parents purchased our family’s first set – I now wish that I could have been fortunate enough to have lived in such a world. Recently, however, I have begun enjoying some regular quiet time with the idiot box turned off. Everyone ought to try it sometime.