Do We Need Self-Control?
In today's society, we are all accustomed to getting what we want, when we want it. We eat when, where, and what we want, we open safari every available second, and we watch any show on television without questioning if it's destructive, demoralizing, or it's just plain numbing. To a huge dismay of our ancestors, we even listen to songs as long as it has an amazing beat. We don't even check the words to see if its edifying to our souls.
I'd like to think of how life would be if we were more self-disciplined. I'd imagine that all generalized media such as television and radio would be family friendly, you wouldn't have to worry about sexual innuendos, foul language, or even half-nudity. I believe all the reality shows promoting materialism, gossip, violence, sex, division...would all just go away. I really don't understand the idea behind gory entertainment. Many people have forgotten that everything we experience affects us in some way. We definitely shouldn't be ignorant to the fact that the media also knows that about us and most likely, uses it to further any agenda that they may possibly have.
So, with all of that said, I'd have to say that we really need to think about getting a handle on self-control for the sake of our descendants. Whatever kind of world we want our children to experience, we need to act in it now. If you look to the past, you can see that society constantly changes according to the people alone. Destructive music can't destroy unless a person allows it to, its what we do with it. We can either turn the channel or sing different words to the song while its playing. If you're repeatedly exposed to something, it will grow on you and you'll begin to normalize it in someway. What has society slowly normalized in this past century alone?
Where to get started? Let's start by opening our eyes to everything that we expose ourselves to. Ask yourself if it lines up with what you stand for and if it doesn't, it's up to you to decide how you want to deal with it.