Saturday, July 30, 2011
Why Do You Focus On Negativity?
Why Do You Focus On Negativity?
You don’t? Well, you fooled me.
Today, I thought I would relax a little and do something I do very infrequently. I decided to watch television. There are a few shows I can get into from time to time, but for the most part, I turn on the boob tube just to look through it. I use it for white noise to drown out other sounds around me so I can clear my head, sleep, or just think.
Actually watching television taught me a great deal this day. It began when I turned the TV set on. I entered in the middle of a lawyer’s commercial showing severely injured victims of auto accidents, people who were denied social security claims, and disabled veterans. I waited until the end of the commercial so I could see what show was currently playing on that particular channel.
The original lineup of unfortunate victims was followed by a second lawyer’s ad. This one informed me that people suffering from asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, or asbestos-related cancer would find a close friend who cared by calling an 800 number.
When the third commercial popped up asking, “Do you suffer from COPD,” I clicked to another channel. And was I happy I did! Now I know that my friends suffering from diabetes have a better chance of getting compensated for one of the 947 different complications that can arise if they fail to call “Bob.” Bob is not a lawyer, but he knows a good one.
Once again, I clicked to another channel, hoping to find Bonanza or Little House on the Prairie. Instead, I found a has-been celebrity pitching for Death Insurance. Now that I was all primed for relaxation, I was able to watch a crippled man drive around his home in a power scooter that gave him his life back, immediately followed by a doctor explaining how sleep apnea can be cured with CPAP therapy. I was not yet fully relaxed, so I clicked to another channel.
Lo and behold! It was a news channel. Unfortunately, the moderator announced he would be back in three minutes with a report on the debt crisis. I waited the three minutes, while listening to the leading causes of heart attacks among women, the best places to receive cancer treatments, and two identical commercials stressing how to recover money if you contracted mesothelioma. Not having the staying power to wait for the debt crisis news, I pushed the power button on the clicker and uttered something akin to “holy poop.”
If I were to suggest to my friends and neighbors the importance of telling their children how stupid they were on a daily basis, or how ugly they were compared to other children, or how they are destined to be losers in life, I would be branded a monster. Yet, I suspect that many reading this post regularly do something similar to themselves every day. They watch television and inundate themselves with negativity.
Why on God’s Earth would anyone want to focus on death, heart attacks, cancers, disabilities, money problems, or anything else that fills their minds and hearts with sadness? Yet many do. I humbly suggest that frequent television viewing just might be the cause of someone’s depression. At least I have never even heard of anyone kicking up his heels and exclaiming loudly, “Oh boy, mesothelioma”!
Screw the lawyers, pharmaceutical companies, and the insurance industry. Go read a good book and relax. That’s what I did.