What if we watched no television?
I was thinking about this over the weekend after visiting the Shelburne Museum with a friend. She pointed out this circus, which has something like 3,500 individual, hard-carved figures. One man carved this circus, and it took him 40 years. It is completely overwhelming. Karen pointed out that this is what you get when you don’t have t.v. She was joking, but it’s something to think about.
Honestly, I don’t sit around watching t.v. all day. I watch about half the news (skipping non-news “Making a Difference” kinds of stories – thank you, Tivo). If it’s not too late I’ll watch an hour (at most) of some other show or maybe part of a movie. I also watch Curious George pretty much every day, John’s allowed to watch that and it seems rude to leave him sitting there all alone. I like to think that it’s quality television for the most part.
So at the absolute most, it’s two hours a day, and I’m almost always doing something else while I’m watching. But holy smokes! That’s two hours a day! And never having enough time is one of my biggest worries these days.
What could I accomplish if I watched zero television? What could you? Maybe I’d exercise more. Maybe I’d be a better baker. Maybe I’d be more informed. Maybe I’d play an instrument or learn a second language. Every one of those things is something I think about and talk about but never find time for.
So why does turning off the tube seem so unlikely?