I woke up with a heavy heart one morning not too long ago. I rarely watch violent television or movies. But a few months back, I caught an episode or two of a popular drama with some especially vicious scenes.
Now, months later, a savage character from the show appeared in my dream, triggering a raging heartbeat and automatic muscle constriction.
As you can imagine, it took awhile to fall back to sleep. When I woke in the morning, these thoughts arose:
- “This world is hopeless.”
- “Why do we allow writers, producers, and advertisers to imagine such a grotesque world and undesirable future for us?”
- “Why do people find violence entertaining, so much so they’re willing to spend millions of dollars to watch it?”