I’ve talked about The pain of living with your thoughts and how The only way out of the pain is through your thoughts.
My dear friend Zoozel wrote back in reply:
“I don’t really think people notice that they can’t be alone with their thoughts, it simply becomes a habit of channeling them out. I noticed it once as I forgot my headphones at home, I would always have them with me, because I couldn’t be alone with my thoughts. I still carry them around, but from time to time, I do shut down everything, and that’s actually when I get my best ideas… Very thought-provoking piece William…”
This inspired me to publish a note I’ve written last week:
Why is Mass Media such a success? And what I mean by Mass Media is everything we’re bombarded with all the time, and everywhere: Television, Movies, Radios, Music, Billboards, and so on… The list is endless. And I realize that Mass Media is such a success because it capitalizes on a most basic human instinct: Our “away-from-pain” instinct. How does Mass Media do that?
Most of the time our thoughts bring us pain. We’re unsatisfied with our lives. We haven’t met the expectations of others. Our lives are crowded with all sorts of problems. We deal with large amounts of stress, etc. All of these are sources of pain — unless we distract ourselves from them. But for this to work, we have to constantly be distracted, because the moment we allow our thoughts to seep in, pain immediately follows. Zoozel knows this, so he carries his handphones around. But most people —as Zoozel mentioned— aren’t aware that they can’t be alone with their thoughts.
And that’s why Mass Media is such a success. We welcome it, unknowingly, as the best way to treat the symptoms; Just like Prozac.
Why don’t we treat the cause for a change?
Listen to your thoughts.
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