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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Why I Don't Own A Television

My good friend, colleague, and former schoolmate Ben Bryan recently wrote an excellent short post explaining his decision not to purchase a television for his new apartment as he starts graduate school this Fall:

"It's simple: I want to ask fundamental questions about reality and human experience and that becomes more difficult in proportion to the amount of trivial noise I allow into my life, and there is quite possibly no greater source of trivial noise in twenty first century life than the television. There are few activities which breed so much passivity, both of body and intellect, as watching television."

Visit the original post to read an excellent quote Ben includes by 20th century Thomistic philosopher Josef Pieper.

PS: I'll be moving out of the Young Americans for Liberty internship house at the end of this week and getting my own apartment by myself for the first time in my life... and I will definitely NOT be getting a television.

W. E. Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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