posted on Sep, 4 2015 @ 10:26 AM
I do think there are exceptions.
Like any tool or technology, it can be used for self-enrichment or abused. I'm of the mind that there's no danger or harm in escapism, provided one
knows what they're doing and why, and engages in it willingly and in moderation sufficient to curtail any detrimental effects. This of course,
however, requires mindfulness.
There is also an educational aspect but, again, one must be discerning, skeptical, and critical in their thinking while consuming that content.
I for one will never tell anyone else what to consume re: their chosen entertainment. The most I would do is offer gentle advice that they might
consider being conscious of any potential abuse. That goes for television, drugs, anything. But it is not my place to tell them not to consume those
things or to judge their consumption.
As for being transfixed by mindless programming... it's rare that I watch TV programs today. When I do, I can assure you, if I'm not either
emotionally engaged or mentally stimulated in some way, I'm not transfixed such that I keep watching like a zombie anyway. If anything, I have so
little patience these days for anything that doesn't move, inspire, or stimulate me, that I find myself turning it off immediately.
This is not denial. This is a conscious, witting choice to engage in escapism as is my prerogative, while also being selective and careful. Things
aren't black and white IMHO.
Someone made a similar thread about sports recently. As I said in that topic: in my humble opinion, it is not my place nor anyone else's place to
judge others' form of escapism. Everyone does it, whether they admit it to themselves or not. It seems to be a prerequisite for coping with this life.
And the older I get, the more physical and emotional pain I suffer, the less inclined I am to worry about how others spend their time, frankly. I've
got enough on my own plate. Gentle advice, yes. Judgmental and/or elitist blanket condemnation of others' pastimes, no. Not from me, at least.
As always, feel free to disagree, and I will politely respect the views of those who do. Just my imperfect two cents, same as anyone's.