As a student, whenever a substitute was standing up front or sitting in a chair, it was like a holiday. Although plans were passed on, most periods turned into a study hall, a break from the normal routine. Whether this lasts for a day, week or longer, this individual serves as a substitute for reality.
Stressed out by the events of a week, human beings often turn to their televisions to escape. Whether its a favorite channel, show or sporting event, this time mends the broken and heals wounded souls temporary. However, if this habit becomes a life style, entertainment can become a substitute for reality.
Perhaps the breakdown of the American family started with different viewing interests. Once on, there isn’t a need for communication as the big screen turns into an alternate reality. If this pattern continues, minds zone out, numb to deadening relationships inside their home. As soon as the number of televisions increase to multiple rooms, the stage is set for a divided house. May those on the verge of falling into this trap, awaken before this idol becomes a permanent substitute for reality.
by Jay Mankus