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What the News Tells Us about Our Priorities
Let’s face it: Looking at news headlines can be quite depressing. From economic crisis to disturbing crimes to war and death, the prospects appear grim to say the least.
There are times when I am particularly disturbed by what I see in the news. This could be because of an outrageously heinous crime, or the fact that this outrageously heinous crime story was followed by some pointless babble about some celebrity’s backside or hair. What????
Considering how busy life can be, and how stressed out so many of us are just making it through each day, it is understandable that there is some focus on “lighter” topics, such as celebrities or movies. One could say that we need a break from reality because it really can be pretty dang overwhelming. Who wants to hear only bad stuff all the time? I love a good movie – and I also find myself perusing the celebrity gossip columns from time to time…it is, well, entertaining!
But are we already hiding from reality?
Do we get so caught up in our everyday lives that we simply do not have the opportunity to really take note of what is really going on around us?
The average person spends the majority of each day busy, from work to family there is little time left over. Some of us are lucky enough to enjoy our jobs while some of us are stuck in jobs we hate. Some of us are stuck without a job at all and are desperately seeking employment. Some of us can’t work at all because of illness, and a lucky few simply enjoy their lives without having to work at all. Lucky B’s. Many of us just don’t take care of ourselves, and the growing obesity epidemic supports that. We don’t get enough sleep. We don’t eat the right food. We are stressed out.
Whatever the situation may be, we all need some down time, and we like to be entertained. We like to laugh. Sports fever takes over. Music moves us, and even the smallest of children can be found swaying to the beat of a good song…which can also be entertaining!
I have known people who have spent their rent money on concert tickets so they could see their favorite band perform. I have heard of people who paid the cable bill over the electric bill because they just couldn’t give up their favorite show - not even stopping to consider the fact that without electricity, it really didn’t matter if the cable bill had been paid. Really????
In reviewing the news, I began to ponder what these stories tell of our priorities. How can we go from reading about a horrific murder to the type of wedding dress a celebrity wore? I also began to question the role entertainment has in society and how that impacts our priorities as well.
Here are a few things to consider:
1. Entertainers make more money than the teachers educating our children
2. Entertainers make more money than the doctors and researchers that try to fight illnesses and save lives
3. Entertainers make more money than those responsible for our safety
4. Entertainers get more recognition for what they do then all of the above
Debt continues to climb, unemployment is still high, we are facing more recession threats - yet entertainers and celebrities - even the ones who really shouldn’t be celebrities (think of a person whose name starts with an S and ends in an I…and the like…) are making major money, in some cases simply because we keep watching them flaunt their drunken lives! Is there something wrong with this? What does this say about our priorities?
Are we so busy living our own lives that we do not realize what is going on?
Are we so busy entertaining ourselves with frivolities that we fail to recognize that our values system has turned on its head?
And what about our children?
What kind of message do they get when they turn on the TV or even walk the halls of their schools? DO you even pay attention to the message?
I am interested in your thoughts on this subject. Do you think that people should spend more time educating themselves about what is going on rather than watching people party on reality TV? Or can we have a nice blend of this entertainment and staying informed of what is going on? Do you think people are not paying attention?