Sketch Muses: Re-Learing to Share

Posted: March 28, 2011 by Sketch in Authors, Musing, Sketch

Sharing is an elementary or even pre-school concept most children are taught as early as they can comprehend. It’s a big part of coexisting with other people and should be an easy to understand concept if children are capable of it. None the less some of us could use a refresher course.

Sharing is the opposite of being selfish. A selfish person looks out for number one and does not care to consider the feelings of others. Or at the very least they are more absorbed in pleasing themselves than they are with pleasing others To share is to acknowledge that another person’s feelings matter. We can all be reasonable, get along and share. We merely have to value the opinions and feelings of other people and not just our own.

We share in more ways than you might think. For instance we share the enjoyment of a television channel. When something is made public and fueled by public participation and response, all opinions have value. The majority opinion usually is considered the most valued but the other opinions are typically still factored in to at least an extent.
Because we all have our individual opinions of what we do and do not enjoy watching there will never be a perfect television schedule that pleases everyone. Quality is not entirely or even mostly subjective and what deserves to air is nothing more than an opinion. Because any given network will never be able to please everyone we have to accept compromise and share the enjoyment of watching the network.

When people are caught up in their own desires they usually forget about the fact that they are not the only one being catered to. When we lose sight of this, we expect channels to change to suit our needs and only our needs. This is why re-learning how to share is important. Adults of all people should be able to respect the opinions of other adults enough to be able to compromise and share the enjoyment anything material thing. Furthermore it is honestly a shame to see adults quibble over a channel for children especially when they may not even take into account the interests of the children already watching it.

Why should anyone console an individual who delights in the cancellation of one show and mourns for another? Somebody enjoyed that show and it no less deserves to air than the show the other person preferred. Is it really that hard to ignore television programming you have no interest in or even dislike? Surely there is something else you could do with your time rather than concern yourself with programs you do not like. There are plenty of ways to entertain ourselves in the modern world. You don’t have to limit yourself to one channel much less television as a whole.

I think you can see now that some of us are not so good at sharing and probably should work on that. If we cannot manage to share the trivial matter of the enjoyment of entertainment, how likely is it that we will be able to share things that have greater value?

  1. Anonymous says:

    You are a wise man, Sketch. I can see that years of posting more than anyone else on ToonZone has given you a truly unique perspective on life and interpersonal relationships with regards to fantasy Cartoon Network schedules. I enjoy your insights greatly.

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