Turn off your TV. Quitting television is arguably the first thing you should do in the life reclamation process. The average American watches over 30 hours of television per week, or over 5 hours per day. That’s nearly a full-time job spent disposing of the one thing that you cannot reclaim: time.
But its more than just time. Consider that most mainstream media in the United States is owned by just a few corporations. You’ve probably seen infographics like this:
Watching 30+ hours of television per week gives these corporations a huge opportunity to influence you through news content, sports programming, and conventional entertainment, not to mention the unending stream of commercials that you’ll be subjected to.
What’s worse, the medium of television itself, puts you into a mental state that makes you more receptive to these messages. Terrance McKenna gives his take on Television here:
Rogues: There are two medals to earn in this category. Post the individual medals on your profile pages or the certificates in your social media feeds.
Bronze: To successfully earn the silver medallion, cut the cord for 30 days. That means no television (cable, over the air, streaming) for 30 days. Take the time you would have spent on television and use it for something else. Maybe you can get more sleep, more exercise, learn new skills, or call an old friend. Find new ways to entertain and inform yourself. Whatever it is you do, just don’t give your time away to people who are actively seeking to take your time, money, and energy from you, and manipulate your behavior to boot.
Silver: We’re still considering requirements for a silver Medallion. Leave your suggestions in the comments section.
Gold: To earn the gold medallion, make the cut from television permanent. This includes canceling cable services. This medal has two benefits: It reduces the level of propaganda and programming that you’re exposed to, but also cuts off funding for those who produce that propaganda in the first place.