This morning I went to the Exxon station to fill up the car.
As soon as I started, a screen on the gas pump burst to life, and I saw Seth Myers saying something. Then there were a couple commercials.
I resented this. It’s not that I meditate when I’m at the gas station or anything, but that doesn’t mean I want to spend the time watching television either.
If you think about it, television has invaded all the little quiet spaces in our lives.
There’s a television blaring “news” in the waiting lounge of the airport.
There are TWO televisions, always on, in the changing room at the gym.
There’s a television broadcasting old movies in the doctor’s waiting room.
There’s a television running daytime dreck while the dental hygienist scrapes the crud off your teeth.
There’s a television running food shows and advertisements as you wait in the line at the grocery store.
Enough, I say.