The Participants Have Become the Watchers

Learning by opinion vs utility—one thing we all agree on

Very little living is now actually living life by experience. The philosophy that all the world is a stage, participants in a never ending play of the cosmos, has resorted to watching tv.

The average adult 18 and older spends four hours a day watching TV or Netflix types, and those over 65 watch nearly seven hours a day (so much for that anticipated retirement)

On the other hand, the total number of people who use YouTube is 1.3 billion. 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Almost 5 billion videos are watched on Youtube every single day. In an average month, 8 out of 10 18-49 year-olds watch YouTube. Combine this with 8 hours of sleeping, eating, and getting ready for work, when do we find time for life?

Sitting in front of a glass screen, watching others live life or represent the drama in some fashion instead of living? Indoor sterility—you can’t touch it, smell it, or taste it. If the Hindu philosophy of life being a drama of watchers and participants were true, the watchers are now watching the participants watch, where they spend the bulk of life sleeping, getting paid to do what they hate (that’s why they pay you) and watching a glass screen.

This is the superior life in the age of progress and truth. One thing is certain—if there is a purpose to life it is to be entertained. To experience different roles and to watch others do the same.

With all of the rhetoric and belief in the world there is one thing we most certainly all agree on, regardless of culture, religion, or science or time. Do you know what that is, this universal, primary reality?

All photos 5/30/20

Author: jim-

One minute info blogs breaking the faith trap.

28 thoughts on “The Participants Have Become the Watchers”

  1. I think that bit by bit any thinking individual is going to realize that there is no arguing against, or fighting against, the establishment. It has to be allowed to run its deadly course into total entropy until nothing of Homo Sapiens “invention” remains on the Earth. Then we’ll see what we see… that is, for those of us who choose to remain active in the cosmos and to return “here” to look things over. Makes me wonder about the possibility of something like Akira’s baby to be… https://randomwalkthroughintelligentuniverse.wordpress.com/2020/05/29/garb-up/
    If we’re going to go “out there” why limit ourselves?

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  2. We could agree that we perceive nature with our sensory origins. Somewhere along the way mastering basic cultural survival and behavioral skills have been known to lead misappropriation that their conclusions are valid. Just enough knowledge to believe they’re right and be completely wrong.

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    1. But those cultures all came to differing conclusion in there basic cultural survival and behavioral skills. Each of those could see a mountain range and find it agreeable and wouldn’t think to change a thing—until they decide to use it as a resource. But you make a valid point about sensory origins. Also evidence we came from the earth, not into it.

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  3. I think we’d all agree that we need to eat, too. Burp!

    I may not have a study to back it up, but I’m pretty certain television and other similar entertainments have done a lot to dumb down our society.

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  4. Hi Jim,
    I don’t know how many of your readers were around California from 1968 to 1970, but maybe some will remember Harlan Ellison’s weekly opinion pieces in the Los Angeles Times regarding television of the day, what he called it the Boob Tube. No, not women’s breasts, but the unthinking people who watched TV many hours every night, and even more on weekends, in those days.
    His articles took television to task for not being educational, or enlightening, but mainly thought-numbing entertainment. These articles were collected in the books “The Glass Teat” and “The Other Glass Teat.”
    HE COULD EASILY HAVE BEEN WRITING ABOUT TODAY’S TELEVISION FARE. An invention that could have done so much to progress humanity, instead held it back just like Trump is doing today. The Roman phrase “Give them bread and circuses” comes to mind. Distract the people, and you can do whatever you want to them. Trump is very much a beiever. Distraction is his main weapon.
    Harlan Ellison died in 2018 of natural causes. He was 84 years wise. LONG LIVE HARLAN ELLISON!

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    1. Maybe people just don’t know what else to do. I hate the fucking tv, really. My life is better without it. But who the hell am I to judge? I just feel like so many issues could be solved by turning it off and living an actual life. Even the divisive bullshit of politics and religion have no practical value outside of the arguing for the sake of arguing. It has become its own entity

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      1. It a.ll is “designed” to keep things the same. I am not saying there is any “designer,” just that people prefer to live the known life, so they live to prevent difference. Repitition stymies ideas.

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        1. Like the earth and life arises of its own accord finding equilibrium and balance, tv is the conformity genius of evolution? No. We are end users with no herd immunity to the gadgets. A few innovators have triggered a massive stall. The Orwellian tele-screen was not forcefully installed in any homes. He underestimated the power of artificial need

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            1. Humans are quite genius, but without restraint. Even the religions who preach it don’t realize the core of their belief is destructive to nature. Switching to science with the same mindset, that we can confront nature and subdue it is still the biggest source of arrogance on the planet.

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            2. I’ll agree to not agree, though I don’t disagree. Right now humans are looking like an evolutionary dead end. I can’t call that genius. Controlling nature–sheer arrogance.

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  5. All I can think of is “What, in the name of all that we hold dear, can anyone possibly be watching for 6 or 8 hours a day!” 95% of everything that comes out is garbage, an other 3-4% is watchable without wretching, and another 1% is probably credit-worthy. And this with 500 channels, endless streaming services, and You Tube!

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    1. I probably use WordPress an hour or so a day. It used to be a bit more, but that’s it for me. I read about an hour a day too, but I rarely see a show I can get through. I suppose making videos is more tolerable that watching them—at least they’re active.
      If life here is a parallel of some real world, it is the endless search to be entertained and not think about anything else. I’m in no way claiming immunity, just pointing out what I’ve noticed.

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    1. That sounds horrible. I had my share, but have not had tv for 14 years. I don’t watch news and rarely anything. It is no wonder people are so disconnected from each other.

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  6. Well, I may be “over 65,” but I guarantee you I do NOT watch anywhere NEAR 7 hours of TV. I’m lucky to spend 3 hours at any one sitting. However, computer time is a different matter entirely. 😉

    LOVED the picture of the pathway into the woods. I tend to be drawn to this type of picture. I guess it reminds me of moving towards the unknown … something we all must do at some point.

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    1. Thanks Nan. That is the trail into the woods behind my house. We use it nearly every day. We just had pandemic picnic #21 yesterday. My daughter has found a hammock perch up on the mountain top and I never mind going either.
      I do wonder how much total electronics time is the average.

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  7. reality is what it is: grass growing, mothers feeding babies, cooking dinner.
    it is our false identification with a person/mind/body that creates an illusionary distance between me and the world and gives rise to all the drama. this is due to false thoughts and ideas that we carry with us and reflect into the world all the time (desires, emotions, memories, likes/dislikes) when mind is empty of thoughts, it reflects reality like a mirror.
    we all experience life from the standpoint of an ‘I’ that we take to be some entity.
    all our lives spin around this entity and all our energy goes into it: we try to protect it, to make it look good to others, to keep it pleased with things that are agreeable and running away from things we consider disagreeable. we measure all life based on such limited preconceptions that are mostly family or society ingrained.
    this ‘I’ or ‘me’ is totally illusory and limited. a made-up thought. when it drops off, only pure awareness remains, which is that space that allows all things to exist. you were never a ‘person’, but the totality of the present moment. reality itself
    think… and you’re back in dualism.

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    1. I=the ego. We=the mind. Life=spirit. The only reality is life. I is the figment of my upbringing. We is the functon of my thoughts, mixed together with a bit of ego. Life, as spirit, is my only reality.
      I don’t know if you would agree with me or not. We use words so differently. For me, dualism is a necessity. That is how life learns. Left to ourselves, there is only so much to discover.

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      1. dualism is only there as a distortion of truth/oneness. when reality is revealed, only oneness remains.
        reality is like an empty sky, that embraces whatever appear in it. how can there be a ‘my reality’?

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        1. That all depends on what direction one approaches reality from. I do not approach it from ego, but rather from spirit. “My reality” is relative to my perception. That is why I see duality, life and other life, as a necessity. Were all life still one life, it would not have another life to bounce ideas off of. Sometime, hopefully, when billions of earth years have passed us by, life will become one again. Until then, we need other, even if that is us.

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    1. That nature is an extension of the human organism. I can take anyone, anywhere in the world and show them a jagged mountain range, a desert, beach, meadow, or a mountain stream, all crooked and chaotic, out of level and randomly placed in ways you’d never accept in any other aspect of your life, yet these vistas engender a feeling of familiar nostalgia and awe for everyone, every time.
      It is all very agreeable. We wouldn’t rearrange a thing. Incredibly, we disagree on how to exploit it, but can something so agreeable to every human not be inherently a part of your self?

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