Unplug Your Brain from the TV Matrix

Written by Katherine Westphal

Inrepparttar movie The Matrix, humanity was enslaved by machines that plugged into their brains and created an artificial reality, while sapping their energy. Only when people unplugged from this Matrix would they begin to see, feel, and live inrepparttar 132192 real world. It is not too different from how many people live a good chunk of their lives plugged into a television set. The TV creates an artificial reality, and drains people of their valuable time and energy...and money. It is only when a person unplugs fromrepparttar 132193 television ‘matrix’ that their real life begins.

It is amazing how much of people’s views of reality are dictated byrepparttar 132194 TV screen. Ideals, morals, norms, paradigms, world views and belief systems are all projected into people’s minds, through such diverse vehicles asrepparttar 132195 ‘soap opera’, ‘documentaries’, ‘televised sports’, ‘reality shows’, 'news',repparttar 132196 'WWF', and even 'cartoons'.

The reasonrepparttar 132197 TV has this power is thatrepparttar 132198 brain has several major areas that react differently torepparttar 132199 world, and to TV. One area ofrepparttar 132200 brain isrepparttar 132201 more primitive, emotional, non-rational part. This part is not able to distinguish between what is real and what is not. It simply reacts to situations on an emotional basis. The other part ofrepparttar 132202 brain isrepparttar 132203 logical part,repparttar 132204 part that analyzes situations logically and deciphers what is real vs. what is not real, like TV. Together they help an individual survive.

The problem with television is that it largely shuts downrepparttar 132205 center ofrepparttar 132206 brain which deals with critical thought. When a person is watching television, primarily his or her emotional center is reacting, andrepparttar 132207 emotional center reacts torepparttar 132208 images as if they were real. That is why a person can become so engaged in a movie or soap opera or even a sports event. That part ofrepparttar 132209 brain does not truly understand that it is not real.

Why do some hate more than others? (B)

Written by Terry Dashner

Why Some Hate (B)

Terry Dashner…pastor of Faith Fellowship Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

It’s entitled, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to World Conflicts (Alpha 2002/Steven D. Strauss). It cost $18.95 at a Barnes and Nobles book store in April 2003. But, even at that price, it was a real bargain. Why? It has taught merepparttar insanity behind world conflicts today. The fighting makes no sense at all; nevertheless, fighting continues unabated.

Let me begin by introducing some countries ofrepparttar 132190 world that hate other countries particularly.

According to Steven Strauss, author ofrepparttar 132191 book above,repparttar 132192 whole world is at war. Says he, “The world is a crazy place, and it seems to get crazier byrepparttar 132193 moment. If Islamic extremists aren’t attackingrepparttar 132194 United States, thenrepparttar 132195 Serbs are attacking Kosovo,repparttar 132196 Palestinians andrepparttar 132197 Israelis are killing each other, or Protestants are blowing up Catholics. North Korea is digging what former President Clinton has called ‘a big hole inrepparttar 132198 ground,’ supposedly to hold nuclear weapons intended for use against their estranged brethren inrepparttar 132199 south.”

Strauss continues, “A few years ago, Thailand made some economic mistakes that affectedrepparttar 132200 entire Southeast Asian economy. The entire Pacific Rim was then jarred, and for a while,repparttar 132201 whole world was onrepparttar 132202 verge of recession. The downturn inrepparttar 132203 Asian economy then caused an already hurting North Korea to become even more aggressive toward its rival South Korea.”

Becauserepparttar 132204 world is connecting through trade, it is becoming smaller and inexorably linked in a chain whose links affect each other. In other words, ripple effects from one are bound to reach world wide no matter how smallrepparttar 132205 country. This is “cause and effect.” This isrepparttar 132206 power of a unified world market.

Today there are 192 countries on earth (2002 statistic) and inrepparttar 132207 past half century, almost every one of them has been involved in more than one conflict. Some have had many (ibid. page 5). Of course it might not surprise you thatrepparttar 132208 U.S. has hadrepparttar 132209 most conflicts inrepparttar 132210 past 50 years. Why? We’ve become everybody’s big brother who guards over little brother to keep him from getting beat up by school-yard bullies. We have becomerepparttar 132211 world’s “police officer,” for lack of a better term. If we look atrepparttar 132212 world’s conflicts by region, it isrepparttar 132213 Middle East that winsrepparttar 132214 “most conflicts” category forrepparttar 132215 20th century (Atrepparttar 132216 beginning ofrepparttar 132217 21st century, 43% of its countries were at war).

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