The Happiest Place on Earth

I am constantly shocked by what is allowed to be aired on national television.  I recently heard the boundaries that MTV is supposed to abide by and I was stunned. Not only is just about every show these days consumed with sexual innuendoes, blasphemy, and profanity, but if they are not they will face rejection. Where will it stop? The style of bathing suit has changed dramatically over the years becoming more and more provocative. I guess these things just become accepted over time.

This brings me to my title: Disneyland. Why is Disneyland considered the happiest place on earth? I honestly think that the reason is that the entire theme park is rated PG. It is an extremely popular vacationing spot for many Americans. Though Disneyland has been brought down by rumors of improper drawings in a few movies it still recruits nearly thousands of Americans a day. I believe this is based upon the innocently inspired imagination it condones. There is no tolerated immoral use of profanity or sexuality.

My conclusion? There really isn’t one. We can’t stop the media from attempting to brainwash the youth of America into thinking certain things are ‘cool’. I can’t even truthfully say that I don’t watch MTV. I don’t think I’ve missed a Real World season since seventh grade. We need to be more cautious as to what images we put in our heads. And, in the end, glorify God with everything we do.

The Wonder Years

Growing up I watched many different sitcoms. My all time favorite was The Wonder Years. This was a show filmed in the 80’s, but based on the late 60’s and early 70’s. The main character, Kevin, is a young boy going into seventh grade. The show follows him up through his high school years. Each episode depicts a normal teenage drama such as an embarrassing mother, an annoying friend or sibling, a first taste of alcohol or a junior high romance. My mom recently ordered the entire set of every season of The Wonder Years so the show never seems to turn off at my house. At the end of every show Kevin’s older-self is narrating an important lesson he learned from that episode. As I think back through all of them I realize that they all seem to start off the same way, selfish. It is all about getting what Kevin wants to make Kevin happy. In the end it is the moral of what Kevin had to give up or offer to make someone else happy. I wonder why it is that as many times as we hear that we are to be selfless we still focus on ourselves. I realize it is hard when in the world we grow up in we are given many different things and we are blessed with wealth that many countries will never experience. It may be difficult to remember to stop and think when things aren’t exactly going our way but If we did I’m sure our homes and businesses would be much happier places. Proverbs says more than once that ‘humility comes before honor’. The Bible also says that with humility comes wisdom. Just a thought.