Would you be willing to give up all television for the next five years if it would induce someone to provide for 1,000 starving children in Indonesia?
This is a hard one to answer. The Book of Questions was first compiled in 1985, when television was a completely different thing than it is now. I mean, in 2018, you don’t even need a television to watch what could be considered television. I don’t have a TV in my room, but that doesn’t stop me from watching Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or a plethora of DVDs via my laptop or some other streaming device.
So if giving up “all television” for the next five years includes all of those, I don’t think I’d be able to do it. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy reading and could see myself getting a lot of reading done if movies and television were no longer an option. But if it’s a voluntary thing, me giving up that form of entertainment? Nope.
I know… it’s heartless. Think of the starving children in Indonesia. Y’all, really, in the grand scheme of things, 1,000 children is a drop in the bucket compared to all of the worldwide crises that we’re bombarded with via social media and the nightly news. Me giving up TV for five years won’t amount to much when you’re looking at the win/loss columns.
But there’s an idea… Ask me to give up social media for five years. I might just say yes to that. Means I don’t have to pretend to pay attention to everyone’s political causes anymore. Sign me up.
But what about you? Would you be willing to give up all television for the next five years if it meant that a handful of kids get to experience a full stomach every day? Or are you just as heartless as me?
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.