Especially my american friends probably believe by now that i am an Anti- TV- Extremist and roll their eyes in annoyance that i start with that topic AGAIN........ really, really sorry:-) but this poem here is just to funny and true as well. We found it in Roald Dahl´s childrens book: Charlie and the chocolate factory.
The most important thing we learned,
As far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER let
Them near your television set-
Or better still, just don´t install,
The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we´ve been,
We´ve watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they´re hypnotised by it,
Until they´re absolutely drunk,
With all that shocking ghastly junk.
Oh yes, we know, it keeps them still,
They don´t climb out the window sill,
They never fight or kick or punch,
They leave you free to cook the lunch
And wash the dishes in the sink-
But did you ever stop to think,
To wonder just exactly what
This does to your beloved tot?
It rots the senses in the head!
It kills imagination dead!
It clogs and clutters up the mind!
It makes a child so dull and blind
He can no longer understand
A fantasy, a fairyland!
His brain becomes as soft as cheese!
His powers of thinking rust and freeze!
He cannot think- he only sees!
All right! You´ll cry. All right, you´ll say,
But if we take the set away,
What shall we do to entertain
Our darling children? Please explain!
We´ll answer this by asking you,
What used the darling ones to do?
How used they keep themselves contented?
Before this monster was invented?
Have you forgotten, don´t you know?
We´ll say it very loud and slow:
They….used…..to…..read! They´d read and read
And Read and Read and then proceed
to read some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks!
One half their lifes was reading books.