I like your advice here a great deal, but I must disagree with one of your initial assumptions, that being that watching television is a waste of time. Of course, you go back and argue that the time you spend watching tv isn’t necessarily wasted, so I’m not exactly taking you to task, but I did want to offer a slightly different perspective. Two thousand years ago, Plato was writing during the period in which writing was being invented. Consider what it would mean to live when writing was first coming into use and how you might view it as a technological advance. Plato had mixed feelings about it, but he often derided it as the refuge of the lazy. In his mind, writing allowed people to keep records, which ultimately meant that they didn’t have to remember. Arguments didn’t have to be worked out internally but could be set down and worked out on paper. The point I’m getting at is that all technology has met with skepticism. And those of the past will deride it by saying it will make us “lazy.” Without question these new technologies WILL change the way we behave. But 2000 years from now, people may be hanging on to old Seinfeld episodes as classical literature and arguing that the newest gadget is rotting kids’ minds.
This is a great boon for manufacturers of processed food, and it helps explain why they have been so happy to get with the nutritionism program. In the years following McGovern’s capitulation and the 1982 National Academy report, the food industry set about re-engineering thousands of popular food products to contain more of the nutrients that science and government had deemed the good ones and less of the bad, and by the late ’80s a golden era of food science was upon us. The Year of Eating Oat Bran — also known as 1988 — served as a kind of coming-out party for the food scientists, who succeeded in getting the material into nearly every processed food sold in America. Oat bran’s moment on the dietary stage didn’t last long, but the pattern had been established, and every few years since then a new oat bran has taken its turn under the marketing lights. (Here comes omega-3!)
Thank you sharing your story.. It was brutally honest but in a way to inform us that don’t know the real consenquences or those thinking of going into that lifestyle. I’m a woman I have a friend who came out of that lifestyle as well but he has never opened up to this extent. Still I thank God like himvyou were set free from that bondage. Your name is Joseph and I cant help but be remind of the years of pain and bondage Joseph suffered only to become second only to Pharoh in the land. God restored those lost years to him and blessed him with a family/legacy. I know that by putting your faith, hope and trust in Jesus as your Savior, He can restore you completely and you can leave a legacy of men who have turned away from engaging in this or being set free by your testimony. Again thank you for sharing may you grow in the Love and Grace of God in Christ Jesus!