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Topic: ENTERTAIN (04/27/17)
- TITLE: ENTERTAINMENT VS. ENLIGHTENMENT
By Bernard Diaz
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I was an on and off drug addict, alcoholic, and chronic smoker for some ten years of my younger life. On the side, I was a casino gambler from time to time. I enjoyed baccarat (a card game) and the slot machines very much. Video games was one of my pastimes too, especially when I am both broke and under the influence of alcohol and drugs. The reason I was doing these was because I wanted to be diverted from years of dreary everyday routine of going to and fro from work. I thought to myself “Is this all there is to it”?
Why does a person need to entertained? One of the most common reason is casual boredom, ennui being at its highest level; or not just having enough worthwhile things to do, or just plain tired of everyday routine, called the “rut”. To be entertained is to be amused or diverted; to be shifted from a dull or lethargic existence to a more disporting, transporting, and engrossing one.
Most common forms of entertainment are:
Alcoholism – This is beyond just loosing up or relaxing. This is habitual drunkenness, the highest level of which is taking a shot of liquor or a bottle of beer to awaken up in the morning.
Cigarette smoking – Probably to while away dull hours, or just have something to do; or to amuse oneself while thinking of the next thing to do.
Drug abuse – An escape to an altered world because normal existence has lost its appeal.
Revelry – Wild entertainment: partying and merrymaking; includes nightclubbing, going to loud rock concerts, etc.
Games – This includes casino gambling and the like; card games, slot-machines, etc. Computer gaming has to some degree become addicting. It has
ballooned into a multi-billion dollar business in just a few years because more and more need to be entertained.
Violent sports – Do we need to see people hurting each other to win a “sports” game; or watch two men or women brawling and knocking each other out to unconsciousness because we need to be entertained?
These are just some of the forms of entertainment available in our society. There are many more mankind has innovated and invented to keep up the varieties to choose from (at same time keep the money flowing). Extreme sports is just one of them. Do you need to risk life and limb to get a rush and entertain at the same time (and be glorified too, huh)?
I can understand why most people in the world do not want the truth. No, they don’t want it – especially the truths of God. The are busy.They would rather be entertained: watch sci-fi movies, read some magical fiction novels, listen to the latest Hollywood celebrity news, rumors and gossips, or go to nightclubs, etc. In today’s world, entertainment has taken over enlightenment; and in the absence of the latter, more and more means of distractions or diversions are required to keep the insatiable minds occupied.
What is driving someone to seek more and different means of diversions? Why is he or she not at peace? What is he or she looking for? Could emptiness and darkness be the deeper, subtle cause why a person resort to entertainments? Could the absence of alternative knowledge be the cause also? Or both?
Quit being entertained by this world. Get out of the wilderness:
“…for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth“. (Jn. 12.35)
And see the big difference:
An enlightened person would rather pick a hobby or sport than get drunk or drugged.
An enlightened person would rather save or use money wisely than squander it away in a gambling facility.
An enlightened person would rather teach or share goodness and righteousness than spread the current showbiz rumors and gossips.
An enlightened person would rather do a regular housecleaning or some home improvement work than spend his free time in bars or computer game shops.
An enlightened person would rather watch a video on upgrading one’s skills or learning a new business than watch a showdown between two mixed martial artists. And the list goes on.
An enlightened person chooses a form of entertainment that is healthy, useful, and creative, because he already knows his priorities and what really matter.
Would you rather be entertained by this world, or be enlightened? The choice is yours.
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