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How not to build a better worldPosted Tuesday, October 30, 2007, at 11:52 AM
My editorial page column in Wednesday's T-G (you'll see it Wednesday morning on our website) touches on transcendental meditation and why, due to its origins, I think it's wrong.
Remember Donovan, some of whose odd songs of the 1960s don't really make sense to me?
He's opening Invincible Donovan University in Scotland, which will urge students to practice transcendental meditation (basically, quietly thinking for two 20-minute periods a day with no distractions).
Donovan's working with movie/television producer David Lynch, whose foundation wants TM in America's schools.
I'm contending in the column that TM, since it's based on Hinduism, goes against Christian teachings. I'm not attacking its adherents personally, but I just think we need to look at origins of philosophies and teachings before automatically becoming followers. And I think the Bible's basic teachings cover everything involving attitudes toward life and ways of living.
And I'm really unsure whether entertainers and movie/TV producers need to be having much influence on America's schools.
It concerns me that so much of today's harder, less-mainstream rock music is critical of Christianity and that so much rap seems to glorify violence.
And too much of what we see in movies and TV (which I realize is exaggerated for entertainment purposes) seems to encourage an "anything goes" attitude, with an "in-your-face" stance toward religious teachings. Many movie and TV people are openly hostile against what I'll call "goodness."
I'm in favor of total freedom and open-mindedness within a strong base of morals and ethics. Unfortunately, morals and ethics seem to have gone out of style among many people.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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