All too often, following a tragedy such as the attack in Paris on November 13, 2015, you hear about TV shows or movies with similar plot lines that are canceled (until next week, when they presume we will have forgotten, or at least moved on).
Why do we put our creativity to use to dramatize acts of violence, instead of examples of peace?
How can we “foster humanistic values” (and still get people to watch?)
The way the media is used––from cable news and presidential elections to TV dramas and action movies––shed light on this quote from the Dalai Lama:
“People want to lead a peaceful lives. The terrorists are short-sighted, and this is one of the causes of rampant suicide bombings.
We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.
We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. If we start doing it now, there is hope that this century will be different from the previous one. It is in everybody’s interest.
So let us work for peace within our families and society, and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments.”
– Dalai Lama
We need a “systematic approach” to seeing the change we want to be in the world. And while there is more and more uplifting content being made, it can’t just be preaching-to-the-choir stuff, although that is helpful. What is the new world message that we can bring into existence?
Surely there must be programming up there that not only feels good, but does good. And celebrates our diversity and freedom and humor along with the very best of our humanity.