Kill Your TV, Stupid

Ask yourself how many TV shows you’ve watched this past year. Go ahead and say it aloud. Did you do that? I can’t hear you, because I’m not there. Nor is anyone on the other side of that screen that most people spend hours every day passively staring at.

If you did say it aloud, you’ve passively accepted and obeyed a command from someone you likely will never meet. This is how watching TV works. This behavior, exhibited by over a billion people every day, is one of the many reasons why most people are stupid.

Apparently people do this voluntarily or we wouldn’t have prime-time television. If you choose to partake in this passive sport, that’s your freedom of choice to be among the many who just let life roll on by. I can’t remember the last time I sat down to watch a TV show, or what that TV show was! That’s not to say I’m stupid. We all do and say stupid things, but some of us to a lesser degree than others.

But it’s this passivity of watching TV that’s the problem. A TV is just a box with sound and pictures. It can’t grow beyond that or it wouldn’t be a TV anymore. And because people refuse to accept their passive behavior, realize they’re stupid, then they will never grow beyond the couch.

It’s not just time spent watching TV that’s stupid, either. It’s money, too! No, no, not the money you could be earning if you weren’t watching TV, nor the money that the TV itself cost. I’m talking about subscriptions to services that cost in the hundreds per month. I hear from people they’re spending well over $200 a month on TV alone! That’s enough to feed a family of four for a few weeks, if you stretch it out correctly.

So where’s the math in that? If you can save $200 a month for one year, and feed your family for an extra two weeks per each of those months, then don’t you feel stupid with that large TV bill? How many times do you need to see your favorite football team play, twelve times a year… for ten years. That’s $200 x 12 x 10… that’s $24,000! Bet you didn’t think of that math, no did you? You can buy Superbowl tickets for less than that, and have a once in a lifetime, unforgettable moment seeing LIVE football.

Dear Mr. President, Congress, and the 9 Old People

If your government (local or national) accomplishes one thing in 2013, what would you like that to be?” as per the WordPress.com Daily Prompt. Well, Mr. President, members of the House and Senate, and those 9 old people with black robes, here is my request:

Fix Public Education & Fix the Employment System

This country was founded upon Freedom and Liberty, and those rights to be held by those responsible enough to exercise them in a manner that helps society. The current education and employment systems, which are almost exactly the same, have stripped away all that Freedom, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness.

We teach children to sit down, shut up, do as they’re told, and fall in line. God forbid they¬† follow their dreams. This is all in preparation for employment, to further the goals of the rich. It’s not about children following their dreams; it’s about supporting a system that works for the few, and hurts the many.

Instead of teaching children to wait for commands, we need to teach them to think for themselves, from their own imagination — it’s there! It’s a human thing! Use it. Teach them to use it.

Instead of teaching children to raise their hand, teach them to speak up when they feel they have to. Interruptions are going to happen in real life, it’s better they learn now and learn how to express themselves. Holding your thoughts and emotions in leads to psychological problems — believe me, I am a prime example — and we shouldn’t be encouraging it because we want to teach children so-called patience. The rich aren’t patient; they go for what they want and don’t let some jerk stop them.

Instead of teaching children to keep themselves in a box with barred windows, in an organized line, teach them to follow their instincts. Let the kid look at the back of the class if he wants to; let him block out the bullshit the teacher is feeding him. As if it wasn’t bad enough we teach kids to not express their emotions, but we have to turn them into apathetic diseases by telling them not to listen to themselves.

All this leads to the employment system. People are so worried about getting a job. Worried they can’t feed their families, can’t get work, can’t get a job. A job. They are afraid they won’t be chosen; won’t be called upon when they raise their hand; and are afraid that if they speak too loudly they will never get a job and be shunned from society.

A child who learns to wait to be called on to ask a question turns into an adult who waits to be chosen for employment. A child who learns to choose when they want to speak learns that they don’t have to wait to be chosen for employment.

A child who learns to use their imagination will be creative. A child who only remembers what somebody told them they have to remember has no imagination. In a world where technology is performing simple, redundant, and tedious tasks, creativity will be what is in demand, because computers can only do what they’re told. Like a child who went through the public education system.

A child who learns to express their thoughts and emotions will live a healthier, happier life. A child who learns to bottle up their feelings will feel trapped, oppressed, and burst out in fits of anger, rage, depression, and possibly psychotic episodes, beating people over the head with rhubarb. Or maybe rampage through a mall killing innocent people.

A child who learns to keep himself boxed in will become a recluse, refuse the norms of society, and shun healthy physical activity; it’s a wonder why child obesity and bullying is such a big issue, huh? A child who learns to explore, and denies himself the oppression of a prison cell, will broaden his horizons and aspects, make friends, and maybe, possibly, help make society a better place.

But we don’t want that. Mr. President can’t stand up to the parents. It’s not the teachers who are at fault; it’s the paranoid delusional parents who have a fear of their child failing. They’re afraid their child won’t be as rich as the other kids. It’s all about vanity, and they’re afraid that they, the parents, will look like failures in the eyes of their friends and parents.

It’s not about the children, especially when it comes to the employers. I’m not talking about small businesses who benefit from an educated society. Big business benefits from an ignorant society, too stupid to realize they’re paying over 3,000 times the cost for a cellphone, and think, once again, in vanity, that if they don’t have the latest and greatest, they’re not cool.

I wish that Congress would set aside it’s ideaillogocial differences and address a real problem in this country; one that requires higher thinking, you know, from those so-called Ivy league universities they attended.

Last, these judges need to grow a pair of balls, and reverse this pathetic idea that corporations are people. They are not a living, breathing person, with a brain, a heart, a set of lungs, and therefore, are not human. These judges who voted in favor should be removed from office and shunned from society. It is this ruling that has vilified and solidified a corporation’s legal authority over the very lives of Americans, and by relation, the education and employment system.