Don’t want to experience cultural pressure? Destroy your TV, get off social medias July 8, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Interior Life, persecution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, Virtue.
When we went up to the farm, we of course had to stay in a couple of hotels. That’s because sadly there is no structure left at the farm, all was torn down about 17 years ago. Darnit.
We took the trip with my parents. My parents watch a lot of TV. The kids who went with us wanted to hang out with their grandma and grandpa so they went to their room one night. My parents tried to be good and responsible so they turned it to some idiot movie about rescuing whales in the Arctic on ABC Family. The movie made me want to barf, but that wasn’t the bad part. Oh my Lord, not at all. It wasn’t even the product commercials.
No, it was the promos for other shows on ABC Family, THREE of which featured very young women kissing. Not just kissing, full open mouth going at it. And they looked like they were about 15. So apparently ABC Family, owned by the (I have to say) demonic Disney, is now pumping out at least three programs targeted at families and especially teens basically propagandizing them and porning them into getting hot to trot about some same-sex perversion.
So all those came down in ONE commercial break. After that I took the remote and started changing channels during the remaining breaks. Fortunately the movie only had about 45 minutes left so there were only about a dozen commercial periods left (I exaggerate, but not much).
Anyhoo, the whole sordid affair only reinforced for me why we essentially don’t have TV. We do have rabbit ears and we watch really old shows about once a month, tops (it’s amazing how much nicer people used to dress even 20-25 years ago). Other than that it’s DVDs and VHS.
There have been some good comments lately about the social pressure, shame storming, and general ostracism at work against believing Christians and protestants lately (I’m surprised no one’s said anything about that “Christians and protestants” thing, yet, but I think it very apropos, and a nice turn around on the protestant schtick of “Christians and Catholics”). And yes there are definitely ways to escape the storm if one falls victim to it. But overall, I’m increasingly of the mindset that, along with TV, social media is in general so disordered tending towards evil it should be avoided entirely. Especially Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and similar sites (but not good blogs. Good blogs are teh awesomest!).
Yes they can be great tools. Yes, a lot of people are on them, and there is thus potential to reach a lot of people. But I’m really not seeing the cost-benefit equation making sense much longer for pious souls. There is a lot more downside that upside. One of the downsides is that, if you are anything like me, you probably have many scores of “Facebook friends” who are thoroughly lost to the culture, and they will put up all manner of material that is not good for your soul. Another downside is falling victim to that shame storming Memories Pizza, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, and many others have already experienced. Yes, you can avoid the worst of it by ducking offline, but in what shape will your reputation stand afterwards?
There is a whole great big world out there. If you’re off social media, sure, you will miss some things, even some very good things, but you’ll also have more time to get back into real life. I think a lot of people – probably not many readers of this blog – are losing all perspective of what’s real and what’s important in this social media jungle. They spend every possible second on Facebook, Twitter, or whatever, ignoring the person sitting 3 feet across from them. I saw that just the other night, a husband and parents had taken a very slovenly, didn’t GAS woman out to dinner, and she spent the entire time on her phone. I don’t think she said three words to them, and it was her birthday. That’s not healthy. It sure ain’t holy.
So little that happens on Facebook, Twitter and all the rest is even worth the time it takes to read it. I really don’t care what you made for dinner, or about what color shower mat you should buy. All this activity (and blogging is certainly not free from this) causes more and more focus on the self.
And then there’s the impact these things have on kids. Pulling the plug on cable was probably one of the best things we ever did for our kids. They didn’t get to watch TV much, anyway, but now it’s down to nothing, or practically so. And it has made such a huge difference in our kids! They read all the time, they play outside like kids used to, they spend hours in our cheap above ground pool or running around our street, they are creative, they have skills and know things that most other kids their age couldn’t dream of (if I may brag). So many kids today go around with their faces buried in their phones even while they are out with friends! I just a week ago saw a gaggle of about 8 probably 10-11 year olds at a shopping center, and instead of goofing around and interacting, they all sat there with their phones in their faces! A boy of about 13 admitted to me he had no idea how to It becomes a compulsion tending towards addiction.
You’re smart folks, I have an argument and point of view, but you decide for yourselves what to do. I know a good number of readers have given up on TV already, and good for you. It’s the best way to keep from being lured into really unholy, destructive ideologies being forced down people’s throats. But think about social media. Don’t expose yourself to all that garbage anymore than you have to, and I would only use it for a specific, good purpose. Protect your mind. Resist the state-media complex trying to indoctrinate you in their Orwellian/Huxleyian plans.
Sermon over. Your penance is two decades of the Rosary, meditating on your duty to your family. Now, make a good act of contrition and go and sin no more my son.