I rarely watch TV and never read newspapers or listen to the news. I find that it often distorts my perception. It also often makes me feel negative about the world, less hopeful, more judgemental and more self conscious and pressurized. I come away feeling drained.
I love this passage in Philippians : "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."
I find myself happier and less burdened by following it. I'm quite a practical person and with 5 kids and a busy life I have to go with whatever works :)
However, a friend of mine who is into this kind of thing and has provided the article linked to below told me to watch this "news" "program" yesterday.
I am not an Alex Jones follower, neither do I know very much about him. His opinions, and his world view are, most likely, just like the rest of ours, a mix of truth and falsehood, objectivity and subjectivity.
However, what struck me most about this piece was the way it was set up from the start. It had a denouncing tone from the offset, as if any rational mind should already be made up on the subject, thus (subliminally) undermining the validity of any counter viewpoint.
The whole piece seemed set up to ridicule anyone who might possibly question the system, or have an unconventional view of things. Mr. Jones's unmeasured tone played into this perfectly. I doubt he fully realized this at the time. Surely, how many reasonable people would want to align themselves with his position after such a performance?
Yet when we look at many of the facts, Mr Jones has quite a few points to make. Here are some that stood out for me and made me wonder...
- Is it right that the most powerful people in the world (people who are powerful because of their wealth, or people who have been given authority by the wealthy) should gather together in a closed room to discuss matters which will affect the rest of us?
- Is it right that so many decisions seem to have been, and indeed, are being taken without any real input from the ordinary people?
- Were we ever asked if we wanted fluoride in our water?
- Have we been asked whether we want GM foods polluting our ecosystem?
- Do we have a serious say in the educational curriculum?
- Is our voice heard by those in authority?
- Do we have a say as to whether we become involved in global conflicts?
- Were we informed prior to the fact that many totalitarian regimes were constructed by Western governments on the premise that powerful corporations could mine their countries precious minerals, natural gas, oil and raw materials in return?
- According to it's rich natural resources Africa should be one of the wealthiest and self sustainable continents on the earth shouldn't it?
- How many things have been and are being kept from us ( for our best interest) but those in charge?
- Do you ever wonder why there has been a huge increase in ADHD, Autism, Cancer?
- Do modern paradigms offer us a fully meaningful life and a dignified death? Are certain paradigms being forced upon us?
- Do you feel certain agendas and belief systems are pushed while others are ridiculed, demonized or entirely ignored?
The media is owned and run by a few very powerful people, and ultimately they provide the cloak and mirrors. They are the masters of ceremonies that decide what is broadcast and what is not creating a framework, or frameworks, of perception.
How many people watch the news or read a paper first thing in the morning, thus setting a tone of thought for the day?
Ancient cultures gave the morning to the sacred, whether that be ritual, prayer, meditation or simply a family gathering together to eat. Maybe there is a reason for that.
Certainly the media does a very good job of creating a consensus of belief and judgement within hierarchies of society. In fact hierarchies, and class systems are often defined, and perpetuated through media stereotypes. Surely this is divisive.
Media often creates an " in group" consensus of norms and values that scaffold many a bias or prejudice. It also conveniently diverts people's attention away from issues that will really effect them.
Powerlessness leads to apathy and apathy in naturally compliant to the status quo, however damaging the status quo might be.
I think a lot of people are feeling somewhat powerless at the moment. Sometimes simply reading an article you agree with can give you a transitory feeling of empowerment without actually effecting any change in the long run.
So the media establishes quite an efficient syphon. For if we are busily distracted or quarrelling with and blaming one another we might never awaken to the humanity of those different to us, and realise our ultimate oppressor is a common one.
All human beings share the same inner desires for beauty, love, family, freedom, honesty and meaning. We also share the same sickness for prejudice, greed and fear.
Sadly much of the media seems to feed one side of our personalities, while starving the other.
Over time the thoughts, opinions and overall tone of that which we dwell upon sinks into our minds and defines our perceptions of the world.
So much power comes from our consciousness.
Physical manifestations grow from concealed roots; those roots are our beliefs and our energies.
Sometimes we are not even aware of where our feelings and beliefs come from, their roots are so concealed.
Wherever they stem from, that place will either grow weeds or flowers and they will in turn, pollinate others. The Buddha says it way better... and more concisely :)...
“Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it.
Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.”
Let's not allow our roots to become contaminated. Let's steep them in goodness and beauty.
Put them out into the gentle (unbiased) light of love and hope.
I don't believe this is idealism, I just believe it is the way stuff works.
Sending much love "out to all who read this funny ramble of words that just had to get out of my head onto paper today :)
"If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
― Howard Zinn