An Unhealthy Diet–

Why does the media show so much violence and destruction, as opposed to acts of kindness and charity? One theory is that broadcasters want sensationalized stories to increase their audience. Is this really the case? Do people actually prefer violent messages more than 49245[1]uplifting ones? The appetite for violence is like a drug, demanding increased intensity to satisfy. Consider the gaming industry and films in theaters. Personally, I want to be aware of current news, but am disappointed when equal time isn’t given to stories of goodness. It’s like eating a steady diet of junk food. It may taste good going down, but will leave a person feeling sick afterward. Of course it is unhealthy. Shouldn’t we also consider what we feed our minds? If we continually feast on the violent diet provided by the media, which is focused on criminal acts, perversions, and travesties, we will develop a warped perspective of mankind. This unhealthy diet can also contribute to pessimism and depression. “Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God” (D&C 121:45). There is so much good happening in the world that the media misses. We can choose what we will watch or read. We can pursue decent films, uplifting channels, worthy articles and books. We can seek out and celebrate all worthy examples of charity and kindness, which will give us many Reasons to Rejoice daily.

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