We all want to be entertained. What is entertainment?
“Entertainment is something that holds the attention and interest of an audience, or gives pleasure and delight … strongly associated with amusement, …….the idea is fun and laughter…………….”
One more thing about entertainment is; people who love entertainment are less interested in critical thinking.
“Also interestingly, Brock and Livingston found an inverse relationship between the need to be entertained and the "need for cognition" - a measure of how much people like active problem solving and critical thinking. Again, the more you think, the less reliant you are on TV.”
If entertainment is not good for us why do we all want entertainment? We want to escape from the present reality. The present poses real problems which have to be answered. We want to escape from that, forget that and live in a fancy world offered by entertainment.
“ ……………… the young people, the students, the children, are constantly instigated to pleasure, to fancy, to romantic sensuality, the words restraint and austerity are pushed away, never even given a thought…………………. you have been brought up from childhood to amuse yourself and escape from yourself through entertainment, religious or otherwise, and when most of the psychologists say that you must express everything you feel and that any form of holding back or restraint is detrimental, leading to various forms of neuroticism, you naturally enter more and more into the world of sport, amusement, entertainment, all helping you to escape from yourself, from what you are. The understanding of the nature of what you are, without any distortions, without any bias, without any reactions to what you discover you are, is the beginning of austerity…………….” ----------( J. Krishnamurti)
Is it possible to live without entertainment? Will we become mad unable to bear the stress of the everyday life? We will be able to live peacefully only if the stresses are not there in our life and only way we can throw stress out of our life is to face and resolve the problems at every moment and not carry it forward. ………………………….Be conscious.