Ecclesiastes 4

Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness

 1 Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun:
       I saw the tears of the oppressed— and they have no comforter;
       power was on the side of their oppressors— and they have no comforter.

 2 And I declared that the dead, who had already died,
       are happier than the living, who are still alive.

 3 But better than both is he who has not yet been,
       who has not seen the evil that is done under the sun.

 4 And I saw that all labor and all achievement spring from man’s envy of his neighbor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

 5 The fool folds his hands and ruins himself.

I find this set of verses so appropriate in light of the recent scandal that is being discussed regarding Sandra Bullock and Jesse James.  These two individuals are two of my favorite celebrities.  I have always thought very highly of them and was saddened by the reports that their relationship is suffering as a result of infidelity.  But while I am disappointed, I also realize that this is none of my business.  How many stories like this do we need to hear?  At what point will we stop allowing the media to feed us so much damaging gossip and demand that they report the “good news?” 

I’m not saying that we don’t need to know about bad things, I’m saying that there is absolutely no filter these days.  I have no need to know much of what is being reported these days.  The media will run a small blurb about the good works that a celebrity is doing (ie. charitable donations, volunteer work, etc.) and follow it up with an hour on infidelity, drug abuse and crimes committed by those who are being idolized in our society.  Why not take the time to focus on something useful and inspire others to do the good instead of trying to emulate the stars by following the worst of their examples?

The media is the oppressor in this scenario and often, they won’t allow a celebrity to live in peace even after death.  It is up to us to turn off the television or the radio until they begin to demand excellence in what they report.  It’s about peace.  It’s about respect for one another.  Those who wield the pen have the power to do good or evil.  Which will you support?