I could post this in the other thread, but since we are engaged here I will post here. As I become more interested/ experienced in meditation, my interest in television and fiction books has significantly diminished. But then I'm a nerd and I have nerd friends, and we tend to congregate around some of these TV shows. My roommate loves The Walking Dead, and we enjoy watching the show and talking about it, and the sense of community that comes from this. But IMHO it suffers the same failings as all TV shows: it started with some great character development and rich plot devices, but to maintain its ratings and viewership it has keep pushing the envelope of shock & awe. At the end of the day, what morals or values do we as consumers internalize from this process of escalating violence and horror? And how desensitized to traumatic material are we becoming? I can name several "betrayals" the producers played on loyal viewers, but when Carl shot his mother in the head it was a total deal breaker for me. Not just for this specific show, but I think it's time I unplug the TV.
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.
Sutta Nipāta 3.710