Because I have been taking a long sabbatical from news programs, I turned to cable “home-improvement shows” for a gentler window on the world. But I had to dispense with them. By the time dinner rolled around, I was exhausted from rebuilding backyards, bathrooms, and overhauling kitchens, so invested I became in the plans and their implementation. Whew . . . I could barely get dinner on the table after supervising so much work!
Cooking shows similarly wore me out. I was surprised that for however many I watched, none of them changed my decades old approach to meal prep. I did try following their suggestions for cracking eggs more efficiently. Guess what didn’t work?
Then I discovered that even the “how-to” shows had an agenda for reforming my worldview subtly, but as persistently as talk radio and cable news. They do it by a type of shunning. Blurt out an epithet, espouse the wrong cause, or embrace the wrong worldviews and "buh-bye now!" Since June of 2013, I see that popularity is no protection even for past failures.
Therefore, I see that Thumper’s mom was wise – she taught Thumper "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothin' at all....
So, I’m listening to even more Classical Music, and doing way more cross-word puzzles. “Judge Judy” is my new television friend. And I’ve gone back to cracking eggs the old-fashioned way.
· Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices — just recognize them. ~Edward Roscoe Murrow, 31 December 1955
· Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand. ~William Penn
· "People simply disappeared, always during the night. Your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had ever done was wiped out, your one-time existence was denied and then forgotten. You were abolished, annihilated: vaporized was the usual word." - George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 1 (Source)
*Other Source of quotes: QUOTEGARDEN.com