Wednesday, September 22, 2010
We become conditioned to things quite easily it seems. Our sensitivities, can become hardened over time by just the simple act of viewing situations. We can watch immorality and violence on television and find ourselves dulled to the reality of such situations. We can even tune ourselves out to the complaints of a chronic complainer, which might be a good thing, that is until something really is wrong. Yes, the boy who cried wolf sort of thing.
The music we listen to might contain lyrics that are full of violence and hatred, or the television shows we see, contain view after view of blood and gore. It does dull us to the reality of the pain and suffering that is behind such things. We see folks on the screen who are having affairs after affair, yet what we don't see is the full gamete of the pain that follows. Such things always touch more than just two people, there is with certainty, a trickle down effect in real life, where parents, friends, children etc all suffer in some way.
What was considered immoral behavior in my parents generation, is standard stuff now. Cut throat mentality at work places. Non ethical behavior is quickly forgotten or laughed at, maybe even patted on the back for. Loyalty has been replaced by, "that's life" .
Friendliness has been replaced by an overwhelming fear that we are intruding.
I don't have a solution for this, except to avoid so much of the negative situations we are bombarded with by the media and to be aware of how influenced we are by attitudes and opinions of others that are often the very same people we would never consider like minded.
Perhaps we should all strive for a heart that is tender but wise. Pray for eyes that see kindness and virtue as far more entertaining than pain and suffering. Seek out the pure and good, without loosing sight that there is ugliness in the world, but with keeping it in the background, not the focus.
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