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What kind of pictures are we taking in?

From the May 1989 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Most of us would agree that the media have a tremendous impact. But we do not have to pay the price of taking in the bad along with the good.

We find, of course, a rich diversification of entertainment and education to be enjoyed in the media—news, drama, sports, features for children, to name a few. In moderation, all this is to the good. But are we also alert to the great need to watch that we don't get submerged in the sophisticated materialism of our times?

Consider, for example, the well-being of the human body. So much attention is given to its anatomy and care, including diet and exercise. But perhaps we should seriously question whether pictures of the material body (with attendant instruction in its functions and symptoms of disease) can actually help us.

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