Television Affects You
ever watched yourself watching television? What happens?
There are two things one can do –
directly perceive the images and the sounds first and thereby
approach the television from oneself; and watch the content
and thereby approach yourself from the television.
Most of us approach
the television from the latter angle and thus get completely lost
in it – we let the television invade our minds, without first perceiving
the kinds of images that are being shown. If one approaches the
form before the content, one will simply find most of the images
and sounds shown on the television to be repulsive and offensive
to the senses. It is because we do not directly see, because we
do not understand this first impression, that we get lost in the
content and then the good and bad in the TV depends on our conclusions,
ideas and likes or dislikes.
Television as it exists now is nothing but a marketing tool for
making money by offending one’s senses by displaying all kinds of
rubbish images and by invading the feeble and impressionable human
mind. One might’ve experienced a certain heaviness in the brain
during or after watching television for a short duration of time.
Many times, the residue of the images and sounds displayed remains
in the brain. It is because we think it is harmless and let it work
on us that more and more new ways of using it to deteriorate the
mind are being invented. A mind that is in a habit of watching television
regularly, is exposed to it for many years, has more or less lost
some of its natural faculties. Moreover, it must also affect the
brain cells, perhaps damaging some and killing some. This is only
the direct effect of television, not to forget the image making
process that starts in the mind – the mind becomes occupied with
images and ideas rather than with facts. This is a serious threat
facing humankind, especially young brains.
television, listens to music, reads, plays video games, etc.,
because the mind has simply become addicted to these artificial
stimulations, to be kept occupied with some thing or the other
all the time. It seriously alters the mind’s capacity to be
free of illusions and to see things as they are. It fills
the mind with all kinds of unnecessary images and sounds –
one can see this for oneself when all kinds of thoughts and
sounds just pop up in one’s head. This makes the mind mechanical,
insensitive and incapable of direct perception of things.
It also affects one’s physical vision, fatigues the mind and
makes one lazy.
Now, it is a
crisis situation since the people who make the media their profession
become engaged in wielding its power shamelessly. One can see
this in the programs that are aired on television; most of them
are far away from the basic logic of things. This shows how ignorant
and stupid these people are who are not only living their lives
amidst all this but are also imposing the same on almost everybody.
Their minds have already deteriorated and they project their deterioration
and senselessness onto the masses, who are impressionable and after
a time start believing in the senseless as the real in a most natural
way. This has been the lot of mankind for the last 20 years or so.
However, the speed at which this is occurring is increasing, and
the younger generation which is exposed to it shall have to bear
the brunt of it. The whole human consciousness is now so filled
with content of all kinds that it has become ever more difficult
for people to be free of all this accumulation and live a sane and
By : The above
extract has been taken from the short story, Television and
Conditioning, featured in the book - To Think or Not to Think and
Other Stories, by Ashutosh Ghildiyal
Writing Services, India |