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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

First, Smash the Television Set

"First, negatively, smash the television set. The Catholic Church is not opposed to violence; only to unjust violence; so smash the television set. And, positively, put the time and money you now spend on such entertainment into a piano so that music is restored to your home, common, ordinary Christian music, much of which is very simple to play." - John Senior, The Restoration of Christian Culture

As a reminder of how twisted our culture has become, Mercator.net (which will soon be linked on the right) has the article below in its newsletter Family Edge (free email delivery).

Children are creatures of habit and will learn to be comforted by that which is there for them. Perhaps we should consider more carefully the use of television, even for putatively good purposes like having the opportunity spend time with another child or get some other important task accomplished. It is an unnatural thing for a child to be comforted by the television more than by its mother and, I would argue, can do nothing by serve to distort the child's understanding of the nature of a family.

TV MORE COMFORTING THAN MAMA
The distracting power of television can be a boon to children undergoing painful medical procedures, an Italian study has shown. But the results are also disturbing because they showed that cartoons were even more comforting to the kids than their mother's attention. Lead author Dr Carlo Bellieni, a father of three and a neonatologist and paediatrician at the University of Siena, said the study demonstrated "the excessive power of television".
The study involved 69 children aged 7 to 12 who were separated into three groups and then asked to rate their pain when jabbed with a needle used to take a blood sample. The children's mothers also rated the pain. Those watching TV cartoons reported half the pain of those being soothed by their mothers, and one-third the pain of those who just sat in a hospital room with mothers who didn't try to comfort them.
"The power of television is strong and it can be harmful for children if it is stronger than the force made by the mother to distract children," Dr Bellieni said. "I believe that this power must be controlled and reduced." ~AP/ My Way News August 18

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