The book Call of the Active Mind was published February 16, 2016. This month is the Book’s 1st Anniversary—One Year of helping people understand how watching TV and video debilitates the mind, heart, and body; and drains the life out of us. Removing TV/video from daily life makes all the difference. “It’s not about being better than someone else, it’s about being better than you were the day before.”
Below are links to earlier posts, which are mostly sections from the book.
TV Damages Brain Structure
TV Makes Us Miserable and then Kills Us
- TV reduces brain function, intelligence and creativity, lowers job performance, lowers grades, shuts down empathy towards others, reduces lifespan, causes unemployment and emotional immaturity, increases crime, disease, depression, boredom, complaining, aggression, and incompetence.
- “There’s no shortage of research showing links between watching too much television and early death.”
- TV viewing causes a total of 1,140,480 new cases of diabetes, 246,240 additional deaths from heart disease, and 673,920 additional deaths, every year.
- “The increased risk of disease tied to TV watching ‘is similar to what you see with high cholesterol or blood pressure or smoking’”
- These studies rule out other factors and pinpoint TV as the cause of death and disease.
TV Destroys Individuality
- Watching TV removes personality traits that differentiate people from each other.
- TV makes people more alike. TV results in a society where everyone is a cookie-cutter copy of each other.
Kids who watch much TV and video growing up, become adults who:
- Lost critical circuits in the brain for regulating emotions, making plans, solving problems
- Suffer overall impaired mental ability, and a lowered IQ
- Feel lower self esteem
- Carry more aggression and are more likely to commit crimes
TV Causes Boredom
- TV makes brains become dependent on external stimulus, to “receive” entertainment. Shut off the video, you leave a vacuum of boredom.
TV Steals Life’s Opportunities
- The most terrible fate is to look back at your own missed opportunities, and feel sickening anger at yourself, that you didn’t seize those clear opportunities.
- The saddest life is to spend your last years grief-stricken, devastated, and heartbroken from your own failure to realize potential that you knew you had.
- This anger is all too common, that you want to go back in time and beat the living crap out of your younger self for letting it slip by.
- Definition of Hell: “On your last day on earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become.” – Zdravko Cvijetic.
TV Makes Wise Elders Become Extinct
- We have lost millions of hours of engagement with other people, including our most precious resource, older people
- Elder wisdom is not passed on to the next generation. Because of TV and video, several generations have now passed, severed from the wisdom of previous generations. The Wisdom of the Ages is lost forever.
TV Imposes 25,349 Hours of Darkness that Destroys Potential
- For 100,000 years, for 100 percent of the population, zero time in the TV trance ultra-passive sleep state.
- Now almost everyone spends almost all of their free time passively atrophying their brains.
We are experiencing the Epilog of a Species
See a lot more information with references, citations, and extensive development of these topics by getting your own copy of THE BOOK Call of the Active Mind.
©copyright Robert Rose-Coutré 2016