Remember the good old days of TV commercials? Someone stood in front of a refrigerator (probably avocado-colored) and showed you how it looks inside. Or they pulled a wristwatch off a wet propeller and showed you how it still was ticking. But today, that’s all changed. As author Katharine Giovanni of Wake Forest, North Carolina asks, Are television commercials making us sick? You be the judge.
We all watch television. That means that although some of us have figured out how to bypass them, lots of us also watch the commercials! As we stare at the screen, we see impossibly pretty people happily telling us about something great that we need to buy. All good, right?
Have you REALLY looked at those ads?
I was watching TV the other night and noticed a commercial that struck me as really negative. So much so that I started to pay attention to all the commercials that came on. Take a look at what I saw in the few hours, once I actually paid attention …
You need a lawyer! Have you been injured? No? Well you will one day because your life will eventually crash and burn.
Suffering from chronic knee pain? Take this pill so you don’t get a stroke… but wait… it might cause bleeding and blood clots! Don’t worry about it. See these happy people? Take the pill anyway. Pain? Take this pill. Can’t sleep? There’s a pill for that. Sure, it has side effects like death, but don’t worry about that. See the happy people? Pay attention to them!
So many weight loss programs! Apparently we are all overweight.
See my white teeth? See all these young and pretty people partying with me? Yes, you can look like me if you use this toothpaste. You can have this life. Just buy the toothpaste and all will be yours!
You’re too old! Take this proven anti-aging product and be young again.
But I have saved the best for last. A commercial for a cleaner that tells me to buy it “because it wipes out dysentery and blood from crime scenes.” I hit the replay button so I could get the exact wording, and that’s what you just read. I have no words for that one.
In every commercial I saw actors implying that we all need to be young and look like them. When we don’t measure up, many of us get depressed, but wait, there is a pill for that too!
There is no profit in health; the profit’s in sickness and fear. They want us to believe we’re not good enough, wealthy enough, or thin enough, so we will buy their product or service.
I am a cancer survivor. I think life is a gift. Every day I am here is a gift. Growing old IS A GIFT! I embrace my wrinkles. Bring them on!
Wrinkles mean that I am still here!
Don’t feed the fear trolls. Instead, choose to see happy and prosperous people and things wherever you look and wherever you go.
Personally, I practice what I preach and eat clean food (no chemicals), I exercise, meditate, and try to see beauty around me every day. I also keep a gratitude journal and every morning I write down the three greatest things that happened to me yesterday. I then write down what I am grateful for right now.
I genuinely believe that gratitude and love are the only way you’ll erase fear. So do what I do… feed love and kindness, and starve the fear trolls.
Katharine is online: www.KatharineGiovannni.com