In the 1960's Timothy Leary coined this phrase while in the shower and subsequently made it famous. He was referring to the use of LSD and other psychedelics to promote deeper consciousness. Unfortunately, most interpreted this as "get stoned" and forget the world.
Today, the "opiate of the masses" is television. According to a 2006 study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), there were 285 million televisions in use in US households. That's one for every person in the country and about 3 to 4 units per household. Television is a universal product that everyone who lives in this county, no matter what economic condition they live in, is intimately familiar with.
In our household, we have noted the ideas and changing attitudes which have surfaced in the form of questions formulated in minds of our children. The images that are relentlessly infused into their highly impressionable subconscious minds have already begun to present their controlling effects. That is why our family has decided as a New Year’s resolution to discontinue live television service in our home. Yes, you heard me right, we decided to take the red pill and wake up to a whole new world of self-education and critical thinking. We have cancelled our satellite TV service and turned off the influences.
It has new been ten days since we made this decision and I can tell you that we have and still are experiencing withdrawal from the easy, mind-numbing sedative so easily available via the lobotomy box. It is not an easy decision to make, and we have actually been struggling with it for a year or more. But we finally decided that sometimes good things require some very tough decisions.
We have already begun to see some small changes. I personally spend more time reading, researching current events in light of Biblical prophecy (an interest of mine) and writing (another highly underused interest and talent of mine). We have all found ourselves turning on our music and worshiping God in place of a "fix" of TV. Our home is more peaceful and we are less distracted and more interactive.
We’re not sure of all the benefits this journey will produce but I will share the insights we gleam from this new experiment in the weeks and months to come.