Sunday, July 24, 2011

Media Matters

A couple blog posts ago I wrote down how I had finally taken the plunge into totally embracing my geekieness (if I spelled that wrong I'm sorry, but spell-check doesn't have "geekieness" in its databank). I had started reading comic books and totally loved it. I loved the stories, the artwork, and the fact that I sometimes felt like a little kid again. This last part was important as school can sometimes make a person feel too grown up, and start to lose touch with their inner child. If I'm not careful I'm afraid this will result in me becoming more stiff and boring than a game of Monopoly at a retirement home; and we don't want that. In fact, my family might have noticed hints of me trying to counter this by trying to reclaim some of my inner "9 year old Darin" while we were at our last trip in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I was on a three week break from school, and I had to store this up in preparation for the next trimester. I practically begged my family to go laser tagging, as I can't think of any better remedy to calm my "boring old man" fears. I mean really, you're in a dark room, with other team members, shooting lasers at each other for points. If that doesn't make you feel like a little kid again I don't know what will. Lucky for me my incessant begging like a sweet eyed puppy dog paid off as we went multiple times.

Anyway, enough of side tracking. I love reading comic books. I love the stories, the art work, and the fact that superheroes are saving the day on a usual basis. Comic books are just a fun concept. The thing is, there are some comic books that have excessive violence, and some of the costume's can be a little risque. I can try and quickly breeze through these pages, but the I still have to see the drawings.

Honestly, the longer I had the types of immoral and violent comics in my apartment, the more and more I could feel the Holy Ghost not being as present and strong in my life. I noticed a difference with how I felt. I was praying one night, asking what I needed to do to get my apartment to have a stronger present of the Holy Ghost. Leading up to this prayer, I had been confused because the TV shows and movies I watched, as well as the music I listened to, are pretty clean. I also was reading my scriptures and praying to Heavenly Father on a regular basis. Regardless, I knew something was off. I had never connected what was happening with how I felt spiritually to some of the comic books I had in my apartment until I had the very strong answer to my prayer that I should throw them out. This I immediately did, and I cannot tell you the difference it has made in the overall spirit and feel of my apartment.

The reason I wanted to write this down is so that I, and those who happen to randomly read my blog, will think more about what type of media we allow into our lives. Many times we justify the things we read, watch, play as video games, and listen to. We justify it by saying, "Violence doesn't bother me. I'm not going to go kill someone because of what I watch or play." Or we say, "I hear swearing all the time at school and work, so what does it matter if I hear it in the movies I watch, the games I play, or the music I listen to?" I am not saying that we need to throw everything out and only watch Disney movies and listen to classical music. What I am saying is that, from personal experience, we need to be aware of how the media we have in our home affects how we feel and the spirit of our home. If we know it affects us in a negative manner, we need to get rid of it and throw it out.


  1. Love this post! I feel so strongly too that media has such an effect on our spirits and homes. I think it's great that you acted on the prompting you had. I know I am very sensitive to media and I get made fun of for it, but I'd much rather be sensitive than desensitized, so I won't complain.

  2. We've analyzed this a lot in our little apartment, and it really does make the biggest difference. Thanks for sharing!