Entertainment casts pall on society


So it goes – as the world turns! Our older citizens have noticed a change in people. Today’s society seems to be not at peace with itself. At the present, all signs show unrest. We just can’t manage to find calm in today’s world.

There has been a large shift in our social habits over time. In the past, we had surrounded ourselves (society) with positive elements: love, happiness, caring-for-others and most importantly, believing in God.

These are now few and far between. You may have to go to Shangri-La to find them.

Today’s answer to stress is to over-medicate. That involves tranquilizing our emotions.

It was a practice in the 1950s in mental institutions and homes for the elderly. If a person was a problem for society, they just deadened the emotions in the brain. At worst, lobotomizing them.

We have now replaced loving emotions with chemicals to bring peace and relief to ourselves. We have, over a period of time, exposed ourselves to less quality in our leisure entertainment.

We are now at a low ebb in our music industry. Simply ask any arts professor at a university or conservatory. They shall agree to that statement. Music of the past produced happiness and joy. It contained a need to treat people with love and respect which was written in the lyrics.

Funny as it may seem, country and western music, which tells a story of a person losing everything from a wife, house, truck, or dog, tells us, in a positive way, why we should not follow that example.

Quality and vocal ability was taught to singers and was practiced to perfection. Believe me, it is not present today. Today’s performers believe that they must sing loud to be better; profanity now proves a point or a statement; and the beating of a drum is supposed to touch your emotions.

Yes, it certainly can as the beat goes on and on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on … We have succumbed to inferior entertainment with a steady diet of negativity and the seedy side of life. Our natural instincts should seek peace, love and happiness in which to dwell.

We all have the ability to smile, that is, if in the right environment.

Paul R. Lawson