The balancing of entertainment and knowledge:
Are very existence is based on a story. However; the stories we focus on mostly, are about the stories we read in magazines, novels, short stories, newspapers, online blogs, websites etc. We delve deeper into stories and become more intoxicated by them when we watch movies, webisodes, cartoons, mini-series. These stories have a variety of enticing genre’s that most of us are magnetized towards. What are the story categories are you most enticed by? Do you even know? Maybe you’re the type that turns the television on and watches what ever keeps your attention for more than ten minutes.
Even reality shows are a story. However; they have a different format than the traditional story that always have a beginning, middle and end. Reality shows focus on the emotional drama that unfolds in a certain family, group of people or businesses everyday life. They edit out all the stuff that’s not interesting enough to keep your attention for more than twenty minutes. They like to term it reality in order to make you think you’re getting a virtual tour of the person or persons life. It is a well laid plan and it has a moral of the story. Reality shows greatest way of keeping your attention is to lead you to believe that their everyday existence is always like what you are viewing. It’s a big commercial selling you false lifestyles which appear to be real to you.
How can you learn from these fake stories that are made to appear real. Well, If you know how to decipher the format or the story, you can learn something. Even if learning that this show gives you no knowledge at all. You may even learn that it is planting a lot of negative ideas in your mind. If you can learn how to choose and watch movies or read stories that entertain and inform you simultaneously, then you have unveiled a powerful tool for releasing a lot of anxiety and stress. I know that you might be asking yourself something, you’d never asked before. How can something that I’m watching or reading for entertainment purposes, teach me something? This is an important question because most people have very little leisure time. It adds up to about twenty percent of your life. This is why your leisure time is very important and should be handled wisely.
How entertainment can be poisoning your mental state:
It’s great to have entertainment time. You’ve worked hard all day, week and year for it. Learning the moral of the story from the movies or books that you are absorbed in, will help release some of the anxiety that you are picking up from this experience. Let’s face it, most of the movies or reality shows we watch, involves people experiencing a lot of stress and anxiety. Don’t worry! You don’t have to give up your love of drama, horror or thrillers. You can still learn something from them, and learn how to alleviate some of the pressure they are putting on your subconscious mind. This is why it doesn’t matter if its a very violent or horrific plot. There usually is a message that you can learn from it.
Learning the moral of the story can lead you into to learning how others lose their moral and experience suffering because of it. Most horror stories are about the victim and the victimizer. And usually, the victimizer was once a victim them selves. These type of stories teach you that this is a vicious cycle. Even zombie movies have a moral of the story within the plot. The zombies were once normal. Then alone came some scientist or alien race that poisoned them with some chemical or supernatural mind device that changed them into these mindless monsters. The mindless monsters go out, bite and torment their victims then they turn into zombies too, and the vicious cycle continues. The same goes for the countless vampire movie plots. They were all once normal humans. Then some force or person made them their prey, and wanted them as their follower, so they ate some of their blood for dinner. They left them enough blood to keep them alive then they turned into vampires. It’s the same vicious cycle in a different form. You can look at your own life and see if there are any negative cycle continuously repeating. If you can be aware that you’re on this nightmare merry go round, then you can stop it and get off or jump off.
You can also start reading or watching movies that encourage or inspire you. It is easy to pick up the moral of the story with these types of movies or books. These stories can be fictional or non-fictional. Below I am listing a few stories with great moral learning lessons.
Saving Private Ryan: A story about men who were willing to risk their own life to save another man so he could be reunited with his family. All of his siblings had died in the war. This is a great story to teach empathy toward humanity.
2. Avatar: This is a story of transformation in which one man who changes from someone self absorbed in his own goal, to someone who gives up his own career to help a civilization. This alien culture had been brutally oppressed and killed in order for a cruel government to gain their precious natural resources. A great story for learning about courage and determination.
3. The Color Purple: This story tells of two siblings who suffer through years of being apart, but never give up their desire to reunite. A great story to learn patience.
I just listed a few popular movies and the moral of their stories. I also listed what you can learn from it. Different people have various taste in movies and stories. It’s up to you to choose what will entertain you with out causing you to have a lot of extra emotional baggage. The moral of this story, and why I am writing it is; to start elevating the minds of humanity. We have a choice in how we enjoy are life. Learning from every story can be something you can look back and say; Now I realize what I needed to learn.
I know you may be attached to reading or watching things in certain genre’s such as: suspense, mysteries, thrillers, horrors, fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural, dramas. Many movies have a small amount of all these categories within the unfolding of the plot. The more you start thinking out side the box, and start tuning into something different, the more you can learn. Entertainment is not really just to help you get away from your life. It’s also there to help you learn more about life.
Stay tune for more stories from ramonamewrites at http://www.elavationsun.com. Keep taking the time to read a new story or watch a new movie. It is a time to go into another world and have an adventure for the mind to enjoy, and the soul to feel.