Entertainment Gone Wrong?

Real Entertainment?

It will be the weekend here soon in England and many of the population will be watching Saturday night entertainment. This often comes in the form of what is called reality TV, where judges are adjudicating someone’s ability to dance/sing/cook etc. in front of an enthusiastic audience.

These kinds of shows have become very popular; in fact, the viewing numbers reach millions each week as people switch on to watch the programs and where, usually, drama unfolds.

But what exactly are these types of programs telling us?

  • You have to be good at something, or really bad, to be noticed?
  • That it is ok to judge people?
  • That it is ok to mock people?
  • It is ok to focus on people’s talents and abilities to define them and their worth as a person?
  • To gain another’s sympathy creates a bigger ground swell?
  • To build someone up, inflate them, and sell them over another is ok?
  • That comparison and competition is normal to feel?
  • That to be ‘someone’ we need to be good at something that others deem worthy enough?
  • That we are loved for what we do rather than for who we are?
  • To be anything or get anywhere we must have another’s approval before we can move on?
  • That it is normal to give our power away to someone or something that can judge you to be good or bad?
  • That if you are one of the ‘lucky ‘ ones to ‘succeed in winning the competition’, you and your story belong to the public and/or media, which then leaves you (as we have seen so many times before) wide open and vulnerable to the media’s own agenda?
  • That our fate is decided by how others see us?

Society is suffering and to me all of the above messages add to the dis-harmony and dis-ease in our world.

We have become a culture indulging in others’ emotions and we are addicted to it; we love the hype, the sympathy and the drama. Emotions run high in these types of shows as they aim to stimulate, excite and hook us in. Is it not time to wake up and take responsibility and understand the impact of these emotions and what they have on our health, mental wellbeing and attitude towards others? Is it not irresponsible to give so much time and energy into watching these types of shows yet pay little attention to our own health and wellbeing, and the real state of the world?

“The world has always fallen for talent. Talent does not bring love, for it is the lack of love that makes us focus on our abilities rather than who we truly are.”

Esoteric Teachings and Revelations by Serge Benhayon, page 349

By valuing our own self-worth and appreciating others for who they truly are and not for what they do or how they perform, we begin to see there is another way: a way of living that does not need external stimulation to keep one entertained, a way of living where there is no perfectionism, just a willingness and intention to be open and equally loving to all.

When we come from a place of truth it is easy to see how false and degrading competition is and how insidiously harmful judgment and comparison are to us as individuals and as a society.

Let us bring back true respect and let us get back to the simplicity of life.

With deep appreciation for Serge Benhayon and The Way of The Livingness he presents.

By Samantha England, Health and Social Care Assessor, Norfolk UK

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Comparing Myself to Others

1,699 thoughts on “Entertainment Gone Wrong?

  1. Yes Samantha, I have often watched those shows, less so these days, but at times I still do. They always leave me feeling rather empty, that I have not really seen or felt people treating each other with respect or dignity. They do draw millions of people to watch these, what is that saying about how we like to be entertained?

  2. ““The world has always fallen for talent. Talent does not bring love, for it is the lack of love that makes us focus on our abilities rather than who we truly are.” Serge Benhayon – what an exposing quote this is from Serge Benhayon, that we really do champion and admire people for their skills and talents, not for who they truly are.

  3. This really stood out to me today – “that to be ‘someone’ we need to be good at something that others deem worthy enough?” How many of us have fallen for this one so that instead of holding on tight to who we are we have allowed our worth to be determined by another? This is such a game that we play that is harming us at every turn.

    1. Everything we need to be we already are. If we were reminded of this at an early age by our parents and as part of the syllabus in schools, we would not have a society of adults that have strayed so far from our true norm.

  4. The media is rife with distraction, it’s the aim of the game – but it is the people watching it who are demanding it, which is giving the media industry free rein to fill that need.

    1. Spot on Rachael- supply and demand. The demand to be confirmed in this way of living is high which shows in the supply that is on offer.

  5. ‘We have become a culture indulging in others’ emotions and we are addicted to it; we love the hype, the sympathy and the drama.’ Reality tv gives the audience all of that drama, which confirms that their own lives are normal, but what if there was a deeper understanding that emotional drama has not an ounce of love in it, and love comes from us first without another needing to be a particular way, or do certain things to gain their approval.

  6. These shows confirm the ill way people choose to live, further cementing the illusion that this is normal.

  7. Distraction comes in many forms, the more we resist looking at ourselves and our way of living the more we allow ourselves to be hooked into the distractions so that we do not have to feel what our body is communicating to us and how out of rhythm we are with it.

  8. ‘Let us bring back true respect and let us get back to the simplicity of life.’ Here here Samantha. Respect and decency as the very minimum we bring to everyone we meet in life will transform humanity in an instant.

  9. Rather than compare and focus on each other’s imperfections, if we all appreciated our own and each other’s potential, and then helped each other live that potential, the world would be a very very different place than it is today.

  10. In the petri dish of life, we are creating a harmful culture when we do not live true to the love that we are.

  11. It seems like the reality TV shows just feeding our emptiness of wanting to be famous, and the game has changed with regards to being famous, as it now tells us you do not have to be anyone special or have any talent as such, just be popular with the audience, and you’ve cracked it. I have wondered what happens to the people when they have to go back to their ordinary life, and when the audience have moved onto the next contestant.

  12. The entertainment doesn’t only include the box. You only have to visit a Saturday soccer game for small kids with their parents attempting to relive their youth through their children and the competitive nature arises, that imprints the children to carry on the beliefs of the father to the son or daughter.

  13. Thank you for detailing how many unwanted reactions are triggered and fostered in us with the entertainment we have today. Deep down we know that is not what we want but we get so easily hooked as it distracts us from our own sadness and discontentedness. We need to allow ourselves to feel what we are really feeling, deep down, and let this have a voice and we need to learn to say no to what we can clearly see is not good for us.

  14. That list of what makes up a formula for a highly rated TV show is sickening when you see it all laid out on paper. What have we contributed to that has allowed this kind of entertainment to really take off. It’s obvious it’s not working for us, as our society isn’t exactly doing well, far from it. I’m appreciative that I can finally feel the discomfort in all of this, because it tells me that I’m connecting to myself more and therefore to others and the idea of having everyone pitted against each other simply doesn’t feel right.

  15. “By valuing our own self-worth and appreciating others for who they truly are and not for what they do or how they perform, we begin to see there is another way: ” Beautifully said Samantha. We are taught form early on to achieve, to be good at something, to be better than another. This doesn’t serve humanity – witness the mess the world is in. There is another way – and I have found it through the Way of the Livingness, where there is an emphasis on deep self care, self love, self acceptance and appreciation. It is amazing to see the changes in people as they grow in self-worth, confidence and having a sense of purpose outside the narrow vision of their (our) own lives.

  16. Much of our entertainment is a distraction and takes us away from addressing how we ourselves are, and then how our societies are. It makes no sense and yet it does, for in fact if we are to take care of ourselves and society we need to take responsibility and many want to avoid this, hence the rise in entertainment … but it’s a mere delay for eventually we will need to see how we are, and address it and the world.

  17. The obsession with talent, achievement and success is all ways of trying to fill the emptiness within from not living the divinity we all are.

  18. ‘Let us bring back true respect and let us get back to the simplicity of life.’
    That is such a great line. we all can feel the truth of those words. All is said.

  19. Absolutely, It is an absolute set up for us to forever feel less than another, or feel better than another – which is equally false, as it’s impossible. We may be better skilled at this or that than another person, but ultimately this skill is not a measure of the quality or essence of who we are, hence it’s a trap to take us completely away from all that we are to raise the bar in the emotional drama circuit. So much is wrong with this push for competition and comparison.

  20. In a world that is desperately lost, seeking recognition and celebrity for the most mundane of things, a bit of truth and light is very welcome. Universal Medicine spreads that magic by the bucketful and all I can do is appreciate their dedication and love – it inspires me.

  21. The media is a merry go round of insecure beliefs and ideals that breed the levels of insecurity we are facing in the world today. The constant drive to be something we are not is what has become the norm of the masses. What Universal Medicine has brought so many is the simple truth – returning to who we naturally are and celebrating this with the world.

  22. If you take a massive step back – these shows are awful – how can we enjoy judging people and criticising people and find entertainment in their downfall. This isn’t how we should be treating our fellow human beings, there’s no support, no growth, no true care to any of it.

  23. I love your blog Samantha, our world is lacking decency, love and respect in most areas but it doesn’t have to be this way because I know we can still be loving and respectful no matter what we are surrounded by. We can ultimately choose to be respectful and loving even if this is not what our world is reflecting back at us right now. When more and more people choose to live our natural way (to be love), we could change everything simply through the reflection of who we are, love.

  24. I really like the title of your blog Samantha as it implies that there can actually be some ‘entertainment’ that is fine. Shakespeare for example entertained the Elizabethan audience at the Globe Theatre with a purpose in mind – the purpose of exposing the folly which humanity has adopted as its way of life. Likewise, music presented from the integrity of The Livingness (i.e. aligned to the inner heart) is wonderful to experience and through it we can grow our joy.

  25. “You have to be good at something, or really bad, to be noticed?” In reading this I felt that there is always a need for being identified by a particular attribute, behaviour or image that then locks us into feeling like we belong somewhere. But what struck me the most is that it was to be seen as being good or bad at something that can make us feel secure within these identities. Entertainment is giving us an open opportunity to see how the world is currently and what we can do to then learn, explore and uncover how we truly are and what holds us back from our true nature. A very cool blog thank you Samantha.

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