When I was growing up I knew an old lady who was enthralled with soap operas. The funny – but actually kinda sad – thing was is that she thought they were real. Real things happening to real people. She was a quirky lady – not really ‘all there’ or at least that’s how I perceived her.
When I stand in line at the grocery store I see all the gossip magazines and trash papers about the soap opera-ish lives of the rich and famous.
I’ve never understood the draw.
Why does anyone care about these people’s lives?
Why do people care about what movie star is getting divorced, who’s in jail, who’s had whose baby?
What really gets me are the interviews on ‘why they’re happy now’ or their deep philosophy on living. Do I really care? Gosh – I would have never thought to look to Brittany Spears for answers to the meaning of life.
Maybe people perceive their own lives as mundane, so they’re attracted to this crap. Isn’t that sad – to see life as mundane? Maybe they don’t know how to make their lives interesting and rich.
These magazines are geared to the lowest common denominator. That might be kinda mean – but it’s true. There are a lot of stupid people out there that feed their minds with nothing but junk. They buy into the culture of trash.
They’re attracted to trash magazines and they go home and watch trash tv.
Trash In – Trash Out
Didn’t Eleanor Roosevelt say that small minds talk about people? That’s why those magazines are filled with the lives of the stars – because the small minds of the lowest common denominator talk about people and are drawn to the happenings in their lives.
But the great thing about being human is that we have the capability to change. Our minds can grow; we can change how we think and what we think about. We can say no to trash culture.
A great verse in Proverbs says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (23:7) In other words, you are what you think about.
Filling our minds with the garbage that is fed to us keeps us down and keeps us part of the herd. TV is called programing for a reason. The garbage culture destroys our creativity and keeps our minds busy with fluff. Sure – a little fluff here and there is fun and silly, but a steady diet is destructive.
We were created for better.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” ~Philippians 4:8
Yolanda DeLoach (@YolandaDeLoach) is a member of Wesley UMC and through her writing, tries to remind herself to keep life light.