Last week I watched the O.J. Simpson trial come to its denouement. It has been on the television since I was born, or so it seems. The networks just plug in a couple of new faces and have skirmishes between sex, race, political affiliation or creed in hopes of keeping the general public in a state of catharsis.
We learn a bit from this continual assault upon our senses. Those placed on a pedestal are not always good and those trampled underfoot are not always evil. The hue of one’s skin doesn’t determine superiority or ignorance. I know Einsteins and fools of many colors, regardless of what some people would have us think.
Those who do think and become educated are less likely to be prejudicial than those who don’t, yet education doesn’t guarantee an end to prejudice. It only gives us “politically correct” ways of hiding our prejudices.
The O.J. Simpson trial and the endless litany of talk shows, tabloids and “yellow” journalism it inspired are indicative of the world we’ve grown accustomed to. It’s a sad society in which we live that preaches rape, murder, incest, prejudice, treachery, war, adultery and thievery ALL DAY ALL NIGHT through the ministry of truth a.k.a. the television. Continue reading