Home 9 Perspectives 9 Turning Off to Tune In : The Tell-A-Vision Trap


In a where screens dictate more of our lives than the sun, stepping back reveals a profound truth: real living begins where the screen ends. This is a from accepting a narrative not our own, toward crafting a life rich in genuine experiences, connections, and discoveries.

In an age where the glow of screens often outshines the of the sun in our daily lives, it's worth pausing to reflect on the role these devices play in shaping our of the world, ourselves, and each other. I remember a phrase from an elementary school teacher who would call the television “The Idiot Tube” sitting in the corner of the room. Back then, TVs were bulky, with actual tubes, unlike the sleek flat screens that adorn our walls today. And they were far from being portable. But the essence of her message remains relevant: what role does this device play in our lives?

The television, once a marvel of the modern world, promised to bring us closer to the happenings of the outer world from the comfort of our living rooms. Yet, have you ever stopped to ponder why the content broadcasted into our homes is referred to as “programming”? It's an interesting choice of words, isn't it? Programming—suggesting that there's an intention to shape, mold, or influence the viewer's thoughts and beliefs. It's a “Tell-A-Vision,” not necessarily your vision, but someone else's narrative. Often, this narrative is grim, focusing on hate, scarcity, disease, war, and disaster, painting a of a world in perpetual crisis.

This portrayal doesn't typically include lessons on living in harmony, achieving , or creating abundance. Instead, it offers a very narrow scope of life, telling us what to desire, who to admire, and how to live—usually with a catch, something you can obtain for “three easy payments of $19.95.” And let's not even start on the so-called reality TV shows, which are anything but real, staged to captivate and often deceive the audience.

The remedy? It's simpler than you might think: turn it off. Turn off the noise that drowns out independent thought and self-reflection. By shutting off this one-way stream of pessimism and sensationalism, we open ourselves up to a multitude of possibilities. Engage with your family, step outside into , and the beauty of the world with your own eyes. Learn something new, not from a scripted show, but from the endless well of knowledge that real life and genuine curiosity offer.

In turning off the television, we're not just hitting a button on a remote; we're making a conscious decision to reclaim our thoughts, our time, and our lives. It's an act of defiance against a culture that often values passivity and conformity over individualism and critical thinking. Spend that reclaimed time to foster connections with those around you, to learn from the natural world, and to explore passions that the constant hum of background noise might have drowned out.

We live in a world rich with color, diversity, and potential. Every person we meet, every place we visit, and every new skill we learn adds a brushstroke to the canvas of our lives. Why let someone else hold the paintbrush? Why subscribe to a vision of the world that limits our potential to the corners of a screen?

So, I encourage you, as I remind myself, to seek out the stories that uplift, inspire, and challenge us. Stories that are written not in the code of a broadcast signal but in the language of human experience. Let's write our own narratives, grounded in hope, fueled by curiosity, and open to the endless possibilities that life offers. After all, isn't the most authentic way to experience the world not through a screen, but through the very essence of living, learning, and loving in it? Let's choose to tune into that frequency.




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