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The One-Two Knockout Blow Of A Hurried Pace Coupled With Indolence

Many would agree that the pace of our lives is often faster than we would wish. We all have a lot do to and it seems that the demands placed upon us only grow. ( Except for people unlucky enough to lose their jobs in the recent months of layoffs. Those are people with a different set of pressures in life.)

Yet at the same time we cannot keep up, there is the fact that the average American watches more than 4 hours of television each day. (Please click here for disturbing statistics and facts about American television viewing.) 

And that is just TV watching. What about the time we spend playing video games and surfing the web? It’s as if we have not enough time and extra time all at once.  

I’m not a reflexive critic of television. If you went back in time and told most people who have ever lived, that instead of getting up at 5 AM to milk cows and hauling water from a stream a mile away, you could instead sit down for hours and watch a box showing games and stories—Well, I bet they would have thought that was some kind of paradise.

Yet it seems the point we’ve reached in our lives is that we get the first blow during the day and early evening when we face the demands of work and family, and then we allow the second blow of the ease of mindless relaxation to knock us down for the count until we hit the sack for the night.   

Maybe it could be said that each night television knocks us out of the ring of thought and action. (Below is the painting Dempsey And Firpo painted in 1924 by George Wesley Bellows.)

There is hope however. Though it is Jack Dempsey shown below being punched out the ring, he still won the fight over Luis Firpo. Let’s pick ourselves off the couch and think about what we do with the hours of our lives.   

December 8, 2008 - Posted by | Art, Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I’d say that computer/video games suck you in at a more prodigious rate than television.

    What are you going to do, that’s the price of progress isn’t it?

    Neil Postman wrote a book about this very topic, titled “Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business”.

    Comment by Laz | December 11, 2008

  2. Progress.

    Hard to know what progress is. I hear a lot about it but have never seen much of it.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | December 15, 2008


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