A Word on TV & The Computer

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When you really look deeply at something, it becomes a part of you.

This is one of the sinister aspects of television. People are constantly looking at empty and false images; these impoverished images are filling up the inner world of the heart. The modern world of image and electronic media is reminiscent of Plato’s wonderful allegory of the cave.

The prisoners are in one line, chained together, looking at the wall of the cave. The fire behind them casts images onto the wall. The prisoners believe that what they see on the wall of that cave is reality. Yet all they are seeing are shadows and reflections. Television and the computer world are great empty shadow-lands.

To look at something that can gaze back at you, or that has a reserve and depth, can heal your eyes and deepen your sense of vision.”

–From the book “Anam Cara,” by John O’Donahue

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