More thoughts on the media -
Although I know the barrage of information was basically in its infancy in the 1970s compared to now, I was curious about Seth’s take on watching the news. There are many references to television in Rob’s commentaries and Jane and Rob watched a variety of shows that Seth commented on. This quote is from Dreams, “Evolution,” and Value Fulfillment, Session 889 Volume One Dec 17, 1979
Rob to Seth: “ What do you think of my remarks about watching the news on television every day?”
Seth: “It makes little difference whether you watch the news or not— but it makes all the difference in the world what you think of world events. The perspective from which you watch world events is vital, and it is true that communication now brings to the conscious mind a far greater barrage than before. But it is also a barrage that makes man see his own activities, and even with the growth of the new nationalism in the Third World, those nations begin from a new perspective, in which the eyes of the world are indeed upon them. Your country faces the results of its own policies— its greed as well as its good intent, but it is out in the open in a new way. The world will be seen as one, but there may be changes in the overall tax assessments along the way, as those who have not paid much, pay more. The results of fanaticism are also out in the open. Never before, in your terms, has the private person been able to see a picture of the mass world in such a way, or been forced to identify with the policies of his or her government. That in itself is a creative achievement, and means that man is not closing his eyes to the inequities of his world.”
It would be interesting to hear what Seth might say about that “creative achievement” today.
For me, in general, TV/Internet News is too much noise, but my 93 year old mother-in-law has the TV on 24/7 and the news is a huge focus of her life. And though I might wish she would look other directions for stimulation, I admit her interaction with TV vitalizes her in ways that her current limited physical existence does not. She is still very social, mentally sharp and her awareness of world events is amazingly broad and varied. Thankfully, she has always had a basic positive view of humankind, which makes the big difference in how she relates to television. Recently we were both gloriously consumed with the epic finale of the Cassini Mission. Her enthusiasm about ‘human triumph’, as she calls it, was contagious and it was something we could share worth watching!