Archives For July 22, 2013

I put no stock in religion. By the word religion I have seen the lunacy of fanatics of every denomination be called the will of god. I have seen too much religion in the eyes of too many murderers. Holiness is in right action, and courage on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves, and goodness. What god desires is here [points to head] and here [points to heart] and what you decide to do every day, you will be a good man – or not.

Hospitaller Knight, Kingdom of Heaven
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A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities.

J.R.R. Tolkien

These days it’s becoming more and more disheartening to see the dilution of the “History Channel.“ Back in my youth I had fond memories of the History Channel. Shows like Tales of the Gun and documentaries on ancient Rome were especially delightful to watch. But now times have changed for the worst I am afraid. Old shows about past history have been removed and in its place are new reality pseudo-history shows such as Pawn Stars, American Pickers, and Swamp People. Occasionally an interesting documentary might be made but the majority of the time the shows have become lackluster. Obviously the goal of any television channel is to get viewers and high ratings equaling an increase in potential advertisers. But from a content standpoint its quite appalling now to think such a great educational channel has given in to the garbage found on the other stations. For me I just don’t understand the appeal of these shows. Watching 4 fat guys look at old stuff on Pawn Stars is not even the worst part of the show. A good majority of the items on the show have great historical significance and unless someone desperately needs the money should be auctioning the items rather than taking them to these guys. Swamp People is a terrible show with no historical context at all besides people just living there a long time. Who likes to watch these low income/educated people kill alligators? Ridiculous. The “History Channel” needs to get back to doing what it’s supposed to do: history.