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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Are You Not Entertained?

Chiropractic is the most profound brain performance tool.  How are you using your brain?

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Does the culture cultivate or cull?

In the 2000 film, Gladiator, Maximus sits in a locked cage waiting to defend his life while thousands of onlookers cheer during the violent deaths of the emperor's captives. He then shouts out in disgust, "Are you not entertained?"

My question is, what is the benefit of entertainment?

The 2024 NFL Superbowl is on TV right now as I am typing.  I do not watch football, but I have heard all week about the exciting events of the evening.  There's a puppy bowl, half time show, commercial competition (corporations are spending millions for air time), and Swifty alerts.  Oh, and yes, there's a football game going on.  Stadium tickets were $8,000,  And there's TV coverage for the entire country. 

I've been reading about different opinions posted on social media regarding this very popular pastime.  There's even talk that the the next day should be a national holiday because a lot of people don't make it in to work on Monday.  I hope they are taking a planned vacation day and not calling in sick. 

I've also heard various types of crime increases over Superbowl weekend.  There is another thought that major sports events are used to dull our minds and give us fake feelings of comradery.  The escapism is also considered as part of a mind numbing way to keep us broke, drunk, fat, mentally manipulated and unambitious.  Is that a stretch?

I also wonder about the players who are looked up to as athletic heroes. But despite their high salaries and paparazzi, they have mental health issues, poor physical health, divorces, and end up broke. 

But this is a free country.   We can strive to be athletic, we can become employed in the sports industry in some manner, we can celebrate the talents of hard working athletes.  We can pursue sport ourselves as a hobby.  We can play on the local level.  Many of us did so in high school and college.  It teaches us team work and how to climb out of our own insecurities.

This includes music endeavors, theatre, film, radio, video, politics, etc. Any type of high profile activity comes with its side effects on them and us as spectators.  

Then there's the endless marketing of high profile people. The Golden Globes, Grammys, Tonys, Oscars remind us how far we've come as a society with art, technology, and more entertainment. 

Are these creative outlets for us?  Are they addictive?  Do we admire famous people?  Are we inspired or demoralized?

Is entertainment truly an enjoyable outlet for you, or is it a distraction?  Does it inspire you to grow your own talents, or keep you from stepping you out of your comfort zone?

Just thoughts here.  
Do you go out into the world or do you hide from it?
How do you nourish your brain and nervous system?

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