Thursday, July 24, 2008
What is the world coming to?!
Those of you who know me well know that I am a fairly calm, peaceful person. I have my bad days, of course, when I want to yell and scream and throw a tantrum, but overall I'm pretty mellow. Today, however, I am going to get on my soapbox and vent about something I saw this morning that disturbed me more than usual. If you're one of those people who doesn't enjoy reading posts like this, feel free to move on. Otherwise, here we go. I was sitting in the hospital snack bar waiting for Bill to pick me up from my doctor's appointment. They had the television on a channel with a semi-popular talk show. In the past I have watched this show myself a few times and enjoyed it, for the most part. However, today's show made me a little frustrated. It was a show about "odd couples," if you will. Basically they were talking about how opposites attract. Now, that sounds like a fairly benign topic, right? They had very diverse couples on the show - everything from a couple who met through an escort service, to a gay couple who met on the internet, a midget and a normal-sized person, etc. Now I'm not one to judge people who fall in love, because I think it's great when you find that person, no matter who you are or what you believe. I don't always agree with certain people, of course, but everyone is free to make their own choices. I guess what disturbed me was that this is the type of show we see on a regular basis these days. I'm not a big TV watcher myself anymore, but I've seen enough of it to know that I am quite worried about what type of world we live in, and especially what type of world our children will grow up in. When our Church leaders give talks dealing with how to stop pornography, abuse, and other horrible things, you know it's a problem. The adversary is working full-time on us and our families, doing its best to tear apart our morals and values by appealing to the natural man in us. Obviously I don't want my kids to live in a bubble their whole lives, but I hope I can raise them to be smart enough to stay away from certain temptations and be good people, despite what the world may say. It frustrates me, though, that TV producers and the like can put such things out there where innocent little children can see. Ok, I am stepping off my soapbox now. Thank you for listening to my rant. I promise the next post will be something happy and uplifting.