Do you ever turn on your television mainly to learn things? ETV has all sorts of great, educational programming, but in our home we try to be careful as we sift through the information and misinformation available there. I would contend that we actually are constantly learning as we watch TV and movies. We are exposed to values and attitudes that, if we thought about them carefully, we would not otherwise give our time to or allow ourselves to be manipulated to embrace.
As a parent and now as a grandparent watching Bugs Bunny with my grandson Drew, I have been amazed at how much of the humor in the cartoons I loved as a child went right over my head. But even in those seemingly innocent cartoons, as I have later watched them more critically at times, I have found lessons like dishonesty is all right, unkindness is normal and appropriate, etc. We need to be discerning about what we allow to shape our thinking.
On the lighter side of that, though, today I'm posting some humorous and at times bizarre lessons that we learn from what's portrayed on TV and in movies.
What We Can Learn from TV and Movies
When you arrive at a home and the front door is slightly ajar, you can plan on finding a dead body in the living room.
If there is more than one or two of an alien race, they are always roughly the same size as humans.
All members of alien species wear the same outfits, including clothing, hairstyles, and jewelry. This makes them readily identifiable.
Bad guys will always get killed by a snake, while the hero simply reaches out and picks it up with his bare hands.
Deadly reptiles will always attack a woman first, even if she's in the presence of thirty men.
Dogs always know who's bad, and bark at them.
Whenever someone looks through the binoculars, you see two joined circles instead of one.
A villain will always commit murder right in front of the window when someone with binoculars is watching.
Eyeglasses never steam up when someone comes inside a house from the cold.
When there are identical twins, one is born evil.
Interbreeding is genetically possible with any person or creature from anywhere in the universe.
Newborn babies can babble, crawl, and hold their heads steady.
Large, loft-style apartments in New York City are well within the price range of most people — whether they are employed or not.
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