Question of the Week #150

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.

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10 thoughts on “Question of the Week #150

  1. I guess I’m as heartless as you, but we wouldn’t be as heartless as the person who’s able to feed these children but doesn’t because we won’t give up TV. That seems a bit too petty on there. So in reality, we’re not at fault here. They are, whoever “they” is.

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  2. I dropped cable in 2003. I dropped any subscriptions I had (blockbuster, netflix, etc) in 2009. Currently I watch so little TV (not on a television, the internet, through Netflix since I am not a subscriber, any other place).

    At first it was hard, but after a few months I relished in spending my time in much better ways. And relaxing with a good book is far better than relaxing in front of a TV. So I encourage others…..cancel your cable, cancel your subscriptions, suffer for a couple months, and then you will never look back……starving kids or otherwise. (And I agree with you on social media especially facebook, though i love the WordPress community).

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  4. Thats a really good question. To be honest, I think I would give it up for awhile but then go back to watching (hulu, netflix, or amazon prime). Then stop because I would feel guilty, then go back to tv. It would be this vicious cycle.

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  5. Ha. The real asshole here is the ONE WHO
    IS GIVING US THE ULTIMATUM! Talk about HARSH! Never mind us. Off with THAT guy’s head! But as long as it’s TV and not phones or computers then let the kids eat if they must lol I don’t watch much TV these days…

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