On CBS at 9pm every week you can watch good looking people get brutally murdered as a team of good looking people works to solve the case. There’s violence–blood and rape and 9mm–but at the end of the episode one of the good looking people leaves you with a heartwarming quote to ruminate on, like the one a few weeks ago from Buddha when he talks about family and harmony and beautiful gardens.
I don’t have a small family or beautiful gardens to tend. But I just watched a woman get shot at pointblank range on national television and I watched a man force a married couple to have sex in the backseat of a van while he watched.
The writers, the actors, the producers–these are the people getting nominated for Emmy’s and celebrating a great sweeps week with bottles of expensive champagne. But what about me? What about me who has to walk home from work at 3am and suddenly I can’t shake the idea that I’m going to get raped on the sidewalk and become the next great plot. And don’t tell me I can just turn off the TV, because it’s my job to watch.
No really. It is. Except I’m getting laid off from that job, so then it won’t be my job to watch and I can just turn off the TV. And I’ll have to turn off the TV because there will be no money to pay for the TV anyway and the Republicans are going to take over control of the House and what the hell good have I been, wasting away in front of a screen.
But this really is a great Buddha quote they incorporated 🙂 :
A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.