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I have very big news for all of you! The fourth episode of my university television programme has finally come out for everyone’s enjoyment. The Sweat Room team have been working hard to create this lightly entertaining and not at all informative show. Enjoy, and don’t forget to give it a like!
We all know we are heavily influenced by the media around us. Only the hermits of old can escape the discussions that go on in the news and in social media websites, although I am sure they wouldn’t stop being discussed. What I witnessed tonight on youtube was one of the poorest displays of humanity that I feel I have ever witnessed; people publicly humiliating and confessing to their loved ones crimes that they have done against them in front of the jeering public. This is all in the name of television.
The show is called ‘The Moment of Truth.’ Contestants win money from owning up to what they have done from difficult questions put to them by difficult people after being hooked up to a lie detector. This particular woman has her ex-boyfriend ask her questions to admit that she thought they should have been together on their wedding day AND that she had had an affair all in front of her husband:
The poor guy’s life fell apart for the sake of money, something material that doesn’t last chosen over marriage which is supposed to represent purity and chaste love, and maybe for him even it does. Her actions show horrifically that some human beings are so shallow that they cannot see further than their wallets. She is prepared to destroy her life for the prospect of some home comforts and getting the bills paid. She is not however, the only one to blame.
The television companies that air these programmes aim to be controversial, aim to harm, but most of all they aim to make money no matter what. The exact same aim that the girl has, except she is the monkey in jumping through hoops at the front of the audience, and they are the owners counting the money. But you see a lot of this unashamedly broadcast for shameful fame. The olden days of virtue are lost as racism slap-handedly splashed across programmes and whilst they raise awareness they aim to incite anger. Admittedly racism was more prominent in days gone by, but the excuse for any prejudice has gone, as people are educated enough, and compassionate enough to see that we are all the same you and I.
Morals and virtue are no longer as prominent as a result both on television and in real life. Yes people commit crimes for personal greed and necessity, but thanks to television of this nature we see the monstrosities that would not normally happen. Such horrible deeds go noticed and I know ignoring them does not delete them, but it does not promote them either. The one silver lining I would take from the video is that you can realise of how little importance money has in the face of your own family and partners for I can personally say I would not trade £25,000 or more for the life I lead and the people I love and love me, and I am sure I am not the only one. She says ‘I feel really good getting these things off my chest.’ Well it shouldn’t be that easy, and I am sure as hell her husband does not deserve the burden. And that is why I am writing this at 2:55am instead of sleeping, because I know humanity is better than ratings and money and even though they have succeeded in getting more views and inciting controversy and anger, they have highlighted their prostitution of morals for money.
There are many arguments for and against the existence of God, but the most pressing one, at this time, is the concept of something being created out of nothing. How can this be possible? Theists argue God made the world and even caused the Big Bang, but a new theory from Stephen Hawking suggests otherwise. He believes that the Big Bang occurred due to spontaneous creation and God is not even needed in this equation.
He states how there are other solar systems and other worlds with the belief of outside life independent of this planet. He speaks of how Science and Religion cannot go hand in hand as they are two opposites and you can only believe in one and not both. The way he puts this it seems as though he is picking sides and segregating, trying to make us choose how we are going to answer the ultimate question of our existence.
Religion and science started out together, religion answering that which science could not. As we learnt more, we needed religion less, but we still believed. As we get apparently closer to the answer, scientists urge us to abandon our faith which I do not believe is right. How can we have a world without God? How can we not believe that there is a higher power helping us throughout life? Science may explain how the world came about, it may explain how the Big Bang happened, but it will never prove that God doesn’t exist, it will never take one of mankind’s most important attributes; its faith.
Maybe it’s time we brought in penalty goals, just as they work in rugby, it would have led Ghana through to the semi finals and been the furthest that any African team has reached in any world cup. It would have also happened in their continent. Let’s hope FIFA can fine tune football to be as honest as it can be, and keep the players inside the rules and the right teams going through.