Letters to the Editor

McGinnis letter: Entertainment

“Most of what passes for legitimate entertainment is inferior or foolish and only caters to or exploits people’s weaknesses. … If you yourself don’t choose what thoughts and images you expose yourself to, someone else will, and their motives may not be the highest.” — Epictetus, 50-135 A.D.

Much entertainment is drenched in violence. There is much real violence in our world, our country, and maybe in the house next door. Be informed of this, but why watch and enjoy similar cruelties inflicted on people as entertainment?

Exploitative and/or meaningless sex in entertainment is pandemic. Pornography takes instinctual sexual desire and perverts it to an addictive level that distorts what should be the natural beauty and joy of sexual relations.

Entertainment that revels in stereotypes presents us with young, stupid people; bumbling, dolt-like seniors; and shallow depictions of minorities.

Late-night political humor, while immensely entertaining, may be lessening the impact of what is happening to our nation. What is happening is absurd but not amusing. We are in real danger. We need to be accurately informed and take action.

Epictetus’ advice is as pertinent today as it was 20 centuries ago.

Mark W. McGinnis, Boise