Oh what a Garden we live in!
It is beautiful, wonderful, full of caring and kind people, fascinating creatures, wonder and surprises, but at the same time it is a scary, cruel, terrifying and testing place to survive in.
Something I find rather amusing, in a totally ironic way, is how news travels. You know if something bad has happened to Joe Blog up the road then you will hear about it before poor Joe can say shhhh! On the other hand if its good news it could be days, weeks or never before you hear about it.
Why is this So? I mean shouldn’t we want to hear about the all things which happen to folks out there and shun the bad and horrific deeds others do.
The evening news is the most frightening and violent show on Television, yet it is on during general viewing times when most of us are enjoying dinner. Images of accidents, wars, starving children, murder victims all there in our lounge rooms. Programs which present a love scenes, being a caring and helpful person in a positive way etc (not the naughty stuff) are sent to times after 8.30 when children are normally in bed, yet cartoons, movies and many other programs which portray violence are permitted as general viewing.
An example of what I mean consider this: A movie comes on the telly Harry Potter Goblet of Fire its viewing time is 7.30pm, so the littlies are able to watch. I and Moppet are huge Harry Potter fans BTW. The movie progresses through its normal, dark story line and comes to climax just short of the end, you see the bad guys Voldemort as a helpless creature, Harrys’ friend is murdered, Voldemort’s minder cuts his hand off, slice Harry arm with a sharp blade whilst Harry is restrained and a magical battle follows. When Harry returns to Hogwarts with his dead friends body, he is taken by another bad guy Moody to his office, subject to various nasty little events etc … you get the idea great viewing for the 5-8 year olds its aimed at, don’t think good old fashioned family viewing.
But then the next week a Movie Sweet November which is actually relatively a calm, loving movie about relationships, quirky girl and her desire to teach people how to enjoy life and not become so wrapped up in the importance of their jobs that they loose sight of the importance of living life, to see life as a wonderful adventure one which we should take hold of with both hands and run with. Is viewed at 8.30pm when the littlies have gone to bed.
I understand the need for heroes in ours and our children’s lives, the need for adventure in an otherwise boring time. But is only this way because we have been conditioned to believe that someone else has the responsibility of entertaining us, keeping our mind on the go, and teaching moral and ethics to our children.
My point is are we teaching our children the value of life and how to make the most of the time they have on this earth(regardless of your faith) or are we forming them into a consumer driven desensitised group who are more used to seeing the use violence and attending counseling rather than well balanced caring people who find the use of violence a sickening prospect.
What do you think?
Is this trend a danger to the next generation or this all blown out of proportion, after its not as if crimes involving kids is on the increase is it!