There are two sides to inactive entertainment, the book and the television. While both have their similarities, they also have their differences. For example: The effect of television on the mind is different than that of a book’s. While watching a show or film on the television, one's mind slowly enters a state of inactivity, which appears outwardly in the glazing of one's eyes and the slacking of one's jaw. In this donut-like state, the mind is open to every manner of information. The mind will then receive this information without question or hesitation, creating a drone-like thought system and reducing the brain to nothing more than a slightly pulsing pink mass that happens to reside within the human skull. Books, however, demand a high level of activity of the mind. The eyes send the image of words to the brain, which, upon receiving, creates an image or impression of the meaning. This action, “imagination”, is one of the most effective forms of exercise of the mind. If one constantly reads superior, wholesome books then the mind will be strong and prepared to counter the effects of the television. Though the mind can be strengthened or weakened by the alternate use of either books or television, one must keep in mind that the body needs as much exercise as the brain.
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