posted on Mar, 20 2015 @ 08:59 PM
There is the famous quote from Karl Marx, 'religion is the opiate of the masses.' And this certainly has truth to it. However, I would like to make
another similar statement, for the modern day. Television is the opiate of the masses. And I just feel that this is definitely true. I don't mean that
as a judgment, it really has nothing to do with good or bad, it's just an observation. Right now in my life, I have actually been watching quite a lot
of television. So I can't really knock it too much. But, I definitely feel 'opiate of the masses' is an appropriate description of television.
Why? Well, that's just exactly what it is. It just sucks you into it, and numbs you from everything else. And I certainly intentionally use it that
way at times. If sometimes, I just start feeling bad or sad in some way, I turn on the TV. And that's one of the most full proof methods of feeling
better, I have found. I just put it on, start watching, and pretty soon I don't feel much of anything, I'm just involved with the show. So, it has an
undeniable numbing effect, I think. Thus making 'opiate' an appropriate comparison.
Better to be zonked out with an opiate-like effect by watching TV shows, though, than being brainwashed by watching the news. Watching shows is
benign, neutral really; like I said, it's just being numbed while being entertained. But the news is the way that the masses form their assumptions
about the world, their ideas of good and bad, etc. Watching the news does not make you well-informed, it just means voluntarily exposing yourself to
blatant mental manipulation. Best to get your information from the internet. This news thing was somewhat of a tangent, but I do think it's something
important to note.
In summation, as to what is the opiate for today's masses, it seems clear to me that one need look no further than television. And that is a very apt
description of it.
edit on 20-3-2015 by TheJourney because: (no reason given)