A Humble Suggestion
Many young people are affected by what they see and hear in the media, as they are too often overexposed by busy, well-meaning parents that don’t know what else to do with their children but deposit them in front of a television and introduce it as a wonderful new playmate, trusting the child-friendly channels to help their baby flourish and learn. Quite frankly, they often do benefit from some of the teaching methods in the shows available, but I wonder at the wisdom of attaching the IV of television to their wrist so early in life.
From the days of infancy, many of us are weaned from our mother’s milk or formula and firmly fed a diet of media. For most of us, it has been made very clear that the ultimate form is that of the slim, skinny, stick-like, slip-through-the-cracks-in-the-floor, two-dimensional sort. Some have no idea where we get it, but I know that we are fed this ‘value’ through the loving, parental, sleek, black machine we all know as a television. It, unlike our parents, are always there, if not to listen, then to help distract us from our woes with soothing gossip about this celebrity and new fashion tips from that celebrity, most of our secondary idols being of the slim design.
Such a liberal pouring of bias into our bloodstream might be considered ‘eye-opening’ to some, being able to receive so much information so quickly, but many see it as the poison that it is from the effects it can have. With the opinion that only the malnourished are beautiful, many youth end up dieting in unhealthy ways… that is to say, not eating at all, and vomiting it back up if we have. Of course, it goes the other way as well, for no extreme is safe from the reach of our new parental unit; some, feeling they cannot attain such beauty, find refuge in food as their peers find only revulsion.
These early-formed habits and thoughts and ideals are quick to take root and coalesce into hard-won complexes and disorders, forever ingrained into their minds. Our children find these disorders worked free only by professional help that they very often run from in terror, for they know little else but what they do, and they sacrifice everything else for their beauty anyway.
Knowing of such decline in the minds of our youth, I have heard of many half-baked ideas of how to solve it. “Perhaps get rid of our televisions,” one family cried. “That would solve it.” Alas, they might be the only ones, and it is folly, for the good stuff, the news, is rather essential isn’t it? Perhaps our children are not the only ones addicted to the bias drip in our arms… but I digress. Few would toss their beloved unit in the trash. “Ah, then not allow our children to watch it,” another suggests. This is also folly. What they cannot get at home, they will watch at a friend’s, and even if it doesn’t start early it still sinks its hooks into them; and they can easily disobey the word of a parent when forced to choose between television and their loved ones.
Changing what the media portrays is also an unlikely gambit, for who has the political sway or monetary value to make it worthwhile to these moguls, the producers, those that decide what does and does not make it onto the air?
I have another idea, my friends. Let us simply change the way food works! If we cannot make food seem like it is not the problem, then we shall never stop our children from thinking about eating in the negative ways that can kill them! Let us make each of our meals in a pre-set pill, providing all the nutrients and vitamins we require, with perhaps a set of small drinks to simulate flavor.
The steak will still be steak, the mashed potatoes still mashed potatoes, only in liquid form, without the calories; and oh, our children shall never mis-eat again! Yes, my friends, it is a bit ripe for abuse, if we make each food item in a separate pill, but if we make pre-determined meals that have all the chemical parts of each food included we are, essentially, eating that flambé, aren’t we? And that cake will never make you overweight again!
After all, we’ll never be able to change people’s minds! Let us simply take in pills and offer free liposuction to anyone that feels flabby, with a limit of making them ten pounds lighter than their ideal body weight according to age and height and gender. This will solve our problem; if we take a similar take on our other disorders, making the problem no longer the problem, we shall never find ourselves worried over our wayward starving children again!