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Addiction to TV Kills Creativity
The Great Pursuits of Ancient Men
When my thoughts go back to the times gone by, it occurs to me that people then were very fond of exploring and creating wonderful things. How they used to imagine beautiful idioms and proverbs, songs and dramas.How wonderful epics, complex but beautiful and graceful dances and musical compositions were created by those very creative people.
We sing those great compositions and perform the beautiful dances even today, and marvel at such stunning creations. It is so great a contribution of those great men that we still follow most of the same grammar rules, idioms and proverbs in our writing. So many historical monuments like Pyramids of Egypt, Taj Mahal in India, The Great China Wall, The Colosseum in Rome,Hanging Gardens of Babylone, Caves of Ajanta and Allora in India and so on are examples of the wonderful creativity of those fantastic people.
The history says that kings used to patronize the great artisans,and they were encouraged generations on to bring out the wonderful architecture, paintings, literature,dances, statues etc. without harboring even an iota of worry of their livelihood. As a result, all creative people succeeded in carving out masterpieces in so many diverse fields.
These artifacts are now greatly admired and appreciated and those artisans and artists are remembered with all reverence.Those people knew how to leave impressions behind for arousing wonder and awe in the minds of the posterity.They were very successful in their all endeavors only because they had all the time for undertaking such remarkable tasks. They were not used to fritter away their valuable time in idleness and worthless ventures.
Watching TV and playing video games have become great time killers today for modern youth. It is, no doubt, that technological progress is going on, but spiritual and moral decline is rampant. TV has become a great monster who does not allow man to indulge in creative pursuits any more. A few are blessed and has the tenacity to challenge this mighty adversary. However, a majority of the people are entangled in the charming and lethal web thrown by this crafty magician at them.The ancient men were far intelligent and insightful so far creative pursuits are concerned. Their achievements in creative fields cannot be matched now.
TV Watching : Great Addiction Today
In contrast to above, just watch the modern man. He is, most of the time, glued to the television every morning and every evening, whiling away the precious time. He has no time to play host to his guests in a right and cordial manner. He wants them to just go away so that he could watch his favorite serials/episodes/movies or play video games. He has no time to have a walk in the garden and to be in the midst of mother nature to savor her beauty and splendor. He takes interest only in watching creations of other people in the television, but does not want to think independently for himself.
Most of his time is consumed in watching TV and playing video games.The devastating effect of all this obsession is that he has lost interest in his own creativity.All finer sensibilities are aroused in the mind when one gives an ample thought to the happenings around and cares about the plight of the people. He is so occupied with the wilderness of meaningless flow of TV materials that he rarely spares time to contemplate on mutual co-operation and friendly relations.
His sensibilities have turned into stones and he is all deaf to the concerns of humankind. After money making obsession, watching TV has become a lifelong passion for most of the people. This addiction is so severe that man is losing all mutual understanding that is called for a vibrant society. If this nefarious addiction continues, it will create further conflicts and dissatisfaction among the masses.
H. Prather said " Being careless toward another leads to being careless toward myself ". This statement is very relevant today as we are moving toward a careless society. We have no time to learn a real art of life as most of our time is devoted to TV shows and video games. It is so dismal a scenario that no return seems possible now. A change of mindset is all that is required very badly.
Why we need time to Reflect
" At every step even the most trivial activities of life call for intellectual analysis of their motives and methods ". ( Nirad C Chaudhury ) " If you want to know your future, look at what you are doing in this moment " ( Ancient Tibetan teaching ). " The best way to predict your future is to create it " ( Stephen Cavey ).
The above words of wisdom clearly convey that our life is meant for experiencing a fine balance, happiness, décor, rhythm and vibrancy. But what are we doing today? we are merging our psyche into a vast ocean of trivial ventures. Our day starts with TV and ends with TV. It seems that TV is our only reliable companion and teacher. Whatever it churns out, we get attracted toward it blindly. Whatever ideas it spreads, we gladly imbibe into our lives without going into its adverse effects.
Visual impressions are so strong that a man rarely escapes their glamour and charm. If we cling most of the time to the worthless assimilation of thought patterns depicted in TV shows, what would be our future ? We assume watching TV as an harmless activity, but it is exerting a powerful and lasting impact on young impressionable minds. It is, in fact, creating havoc with the lives of the youth. They have no time for creative activities, and are rather living in a fanciful artificial life portrayed by TV serials.
J . Krishnamurti said " Your mind is part of society, it is society ". If society exhibits violent traits and negative tendencies today, it is due to the unhealthy perceptions of our minds. Since we are constantly feeding our minds on the ill-conceived programs, the society is turning out to be not a very ideal one for mutual growth of humanity. There has to be some kind of restraint in this regard to avert man's plunge into the continuous degeneration and decay of loftier value system.
Adverse Effects of Watching TV
It has been observed that people who are avid TV watchers get obese soon and invite various diseases for themselves. They easily lose all fitness gradually. Students who develop keen interest in TV shows and playing video games most of the time lose interest in their studies. It has been established that excellence in studies has nothing to do with watching the so called knowledge oriented serials shown in the idiot box.
On the contrary to it, kids doing well in studies, sports, music,literature etc. take keen interest in their respective fields leaving the vociferous TV in its rightful place i.e. by the side of a corner of wall of the house. It has also been noticed that children lose eyesight and inculcate violent habits in them from watching the nefarious and violent TV Shows, cartoon serials and playing video games.
Having main thrust on ads, quality programs are just a handful, and most of the other programs promote brazen aggressiveness, obscenity and immorality. The adverse effects are surmounting, and the children and youth is a distracted and misguided lot. If the youth is not positive and strong in his/her character, this will result into turning out weak nations on the map of the world.
In spite of these, who would claim that TV is any good for our lives. It has every thing that points toward self-destruction. So life without television is a better option. It'll instill peace in our lives and give enough time for creativity and self development. It would also give us enough time to develop better and cordial mutual relations.
Conclusion : TV-Watching, A Bane
It is always a better option to discard TV and engage with some fruitful activities. We will thus save a lot of time for ourselves and inculcate nicer traits in us. When we have enough time, we will reflect on very positive aspects of our surroundings. We will usher in a better understanding and fellow feeling toward one another. Not only this, we will shine in every activity, be it a sport, literature, philosophy, architecture, drama, social work and so on.
Society, as a whole, will be a kind, just and magnanimous one. If we assess pros and cons of phenomenon of addiction of watching TV and video games, we will find the more destructive aspect of it. Time has come to call the idiot box to shut up its mouth once and for all, it'll instill a real peace, tranquility and all calmness in our lives.
We'll thus prosper in a real sense with emergence of all round development of our personality. Creativity will also be blessed, as it will find enthusiasts in abundance. Come on, kick this chattering fellow,this idiot box hard and become a free bird again, and venture into the sky of wonderful creativity and bliss !
© Harish Mamgain