I’ve just finished my first episode of a TV series called “Mad Men” and I must say that it does appear to be a good one. However, I’ve had a revelation.
It seems to me as if it has been a long time since I have had an new and original thought or at least the illusion said thoughts. I think there was a time when it would feel as if that was all I had. New ideas, concepts, theories, and game plans rushing through my head. Figuring things out, testing them every which way, finding things I was missing. But for awhile now I feel like I’ve just been a gear in a machine. And I think I might know the problem: Television.
Now, before a year ago, I was never really an avid television watcher. There would from time to time be a TV show I would watch every week, but this was rare. But I’ve seen an exponential increase in the amount of television I currently watch. Especially since I’ve moved back to Slidell from Shreveport. While in Shreveport, I lived with friends and had their consistent, constant company to keep me occupied. However, while I’ve been back in Slidell, my friends for the most part have consisted of Dr. House and Hiro Nakamura (The master of space AND time).
I’m beginning to feel like my mind is dulling and I have no doubt that this is connected. With hours and hours of allowing myself to do nothing but stare blankly at a lighted screen, it’s no wonder that my mind isn’t feeling very active. I think it’s probably time for some serious time away from the screen.