Buddhe wrote:Good for you Digity!
Im completely with you. No t.v means more free time to do other things more in touch with reality. I gavr up t.v this year and i have never looked back. Im so happy i did. Any news i need to can aquire on my mobile. I too have a subscription with love film not netflix i use the light use package so as not to go overboard.
Thats almost what I was going to say, since going to digital, I haven't watched TV, and Ive never looked back, in fact I consider deciding not to pay for cable and having no TV was one of the better decisions in my life, Why, because in my history Television has addictive potential, I've wasted an incredible amount of time watching nothing, Cheers, Seinfeld, the Simpsons, Frasier,etc etc with the exception of the Simpsons maybe, complete garbage, and over the years I noticed in my most productive periods, very little TV, when I'm depressed and lazy; tons of TV, practically half the day, and all the night!!
So I had already made up my mind that for me, at least, TV wasn't healthy, Then along comes digital, I'm too far from the transmitter to pick it up on antenna, and someones telling me I've got to pay for TV, I'd rather pay for DSL and use a computer, remember the old joke you can't talk to the TV unless you're crazy, well on internet forums and email, the computer talks back, you're actually having online conversations with interesting real people, not movie stars, all over the world, now that's my idea of a slightly, at least, more healthy addiction.
18 years ago I made one of the most important decisions of my life and entered a local Cambodian Buddhist Temple as a temple boy and, for only 3 weeks, an actual Therevada Buddhist monk. I am not a scholar, great meditator, or authority on Buddhism, but Buddhism is something I love from the Bottom of my heart. It has taught me sobriety, morality, peace, and very importantly that my suffering is optional, and doesn't have to run my life. I hope to give back what little I can to the Buddhist community that has so generously given me so much, sincerely former monk John