WWJD: Would Jesus Reject a Vaccinated/Unvaccinated Person?

Follow in His footsteps.

After really thinking about the state of the world we’re in right now, especially with the excessive division that tptsb are implementing in every aspect of our lives:

left vs. right
black vs. white
millenials vs. boomers
vaccinated vs. unvaccinated
masked vs. unmasked
spirituality vs. atheism vs. religion
liberals vs. conservatives
men vs. women vs. nonbinary etc.
racism, segregation, hatred, riots, cancel culture, woke culture, gender identity culture, etc., etc., etc.

we HAVE to take a step back and realize that all of these labels are created for the sole purpose of separating us and generating as much chaos as possible.

I can’t even begin to describe why this is such an important ideology for the societies/organizations that live for the motto “Order out of Chaos” / “Ordo ab Chao” – you would have to ask them…

Nevertheless, regardless of how many people keep denying the reality of this issue, it is there, and its history goes back centuries/millenia.

So deny all we want, but it is just letting it be easier for these organizations to keep implementing these divisions, this anger and hatred among humankind, this ever-growing philosophy of “Everyone is against you. Everyone is your enemy.

Thankfully, even if this IS true (which it’s NOT), Jesus Christ taught us the way to interact with our enemies.

Love Your Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
47 And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?
48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Matthew 5:43-48

Let me get one thing “perfect”ly clear. I’m not perfect. But I’m trying to live my life to the best of my ability and learn to look to God and Jesus Christ in all ways of my life. There are many days I feel like I should do more, and I don’t want to wait until it’s too late and be considered a “lukewarm” Christian. So my efforts first and foremost is learning how to develop and grow the way that Jesus would want all of us to.

He taught us so many things – but it all boiled down to the most important commandment He left us with:

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 13:34-35

This was the number one thing that Jesus Christ was trying to teach us in order to show us the holy way to live our life.

Do we see “Love” in abundance in today’s society? Maybe we could, if we look in the right place, but more often than not, I see turmoil and strife and hostility. Of course the mainstream media is a prime source of showing a lot of the negativity and animosity towards divided classes, perhaps built upon the phrase: “If it bleeds, it leads.”

And even just hearing people’s experiences with being alienated and ostracized from their own family for their political views, or religious ideologies, or the current situation with the pervasive agenda to get everyone vaccinated.

It’s heartbreaking, being shunned by those who have loved you and who you have loved, and it goes against everything that Jesus Christ stood for.

Or does it?

There are multiple things to consider here. The following verses seem to show some contradictions, but are they really? “Hate” and “Love” are seen sometimes as a real dichotomy, even if one believes that the opposite of love is apathy, or fear.

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
19 We love Him because He first loved us.
1 John 4:18-19

I will come back to this verse in a minute, but for now I want to focus on the hate/love dichotomy.

Throughout the Bible, there are some interesting correlations between these two conflicting emotions. As we can see, some of the verses interconnect between love and hate, and seemingly even of the same topics in a contradictory manner, but the messages become quite clear within the context of it all:

9 He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.
10 He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.
11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
1 John 2:9-11
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
1 John 2:15-17
18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.
19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.
John 15:18-19
25 Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them,
26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.
27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
Luke 14:25-27

There are many references about “the world” and to not love the world, and if the world hates you, then know that it hated Jesus first. And this seems to be a contrast to one of the most popular verses in the Bible:

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

Why does God love the world, but we’re expected not to? It seems to all boil down to the meaning and conditions of these verses. God loves the world (us), and because of this, is why Jesus Christ came in order to show us (the world) how to love and treat each other with respect and compassion.

However, since the worldly system was already put in place before Jesus Christ came, there are some who are still heavily indoctrinated into this system and rebuke this new, holy way of living. They would rather continue their life living in sin and wickedness than turn to Christ and grow in love and forgiveness.

How do we change the world? We love one another. True, genuine, unconditional love.

That brings us to the verse about hating your own family, and that whoever doesn’t hate them cannot be Christ’s disciple.

Wouldn’t this be contradictory? He tells us to love one another, as He has loved us. But He also says that we can’t be His disciples unless we forsake our own family…

Within the context of everything, considering that this world is under the rule of satan, it makes sense that there are those that will be called to Jesus/God, and actually respond, in comparison to those that don’t.

That’s not to say that we should hate them in the visceral sense. But that we should always be looking to God/Jesus Christ FIRST and follow HIS ways, rather than the ways of our family or friends. And if our family/friends are set apart from God and continue living a lifestyle “of the world”, then we must set ourselves apart from them and follow God.

Of course we should still pray for them and love them, but we MUST NOT let them take the lead and let them dictate the way we should live our lives.

It has, sadly, been a great upheaval in our current situation with the coronavirus agenda, with our friends and family strongly adhering to worldly, governmental control and unethical procedures in order to get as many people as possible to take this immoral vaccine, and to shame and ostracize anyone who doesn’t. I honestly have never seen such a corrupt propaganda to enforce any initiative in my life. And it astonishes me that there are those who still don’t see it.

Even considering if coronavirus was a REAL pandemic (which, if one takes a little bit of time to research this outside of the mainstream media and dubious “fact-checking” websites, can see that this virus has been greatly exaggerated and unfairly/untruthfully propagated), the measures that are being taken to “save the world” has crossed the ethical boundaries into tyrannical control. I would even say that the vaccines themselves have crossed the ethical boundaries a long time ago when they started their experiments into stem cell research, not to mention the other harmful substances that are in these injections.

Now, all of this is based on the foundation that “save the world” is actually the main end goal to begin with. Which I can safely theorize it is not, with the amount of evidence stacking up against the global leaders.

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But a large part of the population has just been following orders, because it’s what the “experts” say, or the “scientists” say, or their parents, their teachers, their friends, their boss, etc., etc. There’s even a huge push to bribe (tempt) people to getting the vaccine. Beer. Food. Money. Concerts. Travel. etc., etc., etc. Very worldly things… I think I’m starting to see what Jesus meant when He said that one cannot be His disciple if we choose the “world” instead of choosing to follow Him. He meant it quite literally.

Now, getting back to the acronym: WWJD – What Would Jesus Do?

Let’s take a look at what He’d do in these current times. Well… rather, let’s instead look at what He did.

Instead of shunning sick people, or demanding that they get a vaccine, or quarantining them – isolating them until they pass away all alone out of fear that they will spread a disease, let’s see what Jesus actually did…

Instead of staying “6 feet away” or “social distancing”, or locking virus infected individuals away or shunning them service, etc. – Jesus reached out to them, touched them, healed them, showed them love and compassion. There was never any fear of them because He loves God and loves us and has exceptional faith.

Some may argue that since Jesus knew that he could heal the afflicted and would not get sick, and is the Son of God, then it’s not really putting Him in danger. But perhaps that is just speaking to His incredible faith and trust in the Lord – He knows things that we have yet to understand or believe.

He is the PERFECT example that we all should be emulating in our lives. Imagine if we all had this kind of faith and trust in God.

40 Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”

41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”
42 As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed.
Mark 1:40-42

Leprosy was a regarded as a spiritual affliction back in those days, that many believed manifested as sores, baldness, other skin disorders; and those individuals were shunned and outcasted from the rest of society, and who even had to announce their status as “unclean”.

45 “Now the leper on whom the sore is, his clothes shall be torn and his head bare; and he shall cover his mustache, and cry, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’
46 He shall be unclean. All the days he has the sore he shall be unclean. He is unclean, and he shall dwell alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp.
Leviticus 13:45-46
Luke 17:11–19 records an account of ten men who had infectious skin diseases, commonly translated as “leprosy.” In the Israelite community, when a person discovered a rash or skin disorder, he or she had to go to the priest for examination. The priest then determined whether this was a contagious disease and whether the person was to be declared ceremonially unclean (Leviticus 13:1). Jewish law prohibited anyone with such a disease from associating with the general community. They had to be isolated and many times lived as outcasts until they died (Leviticus 13:45–46). This was necessary in order to keep infectious diseases from becoming an epidemic. But, for those afflicted, it could be a life sentence.” – What is the story of the ten lepers in the Bible?

Yet, according to the Bible, even just the faith in Jesus Christ has a huge impact on whether someone gets healed. Take the following account, for example:

11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.
13 And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

14 So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.

15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God,
16 and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan.

17 So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?
18 Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”
19 And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”
Luke 17:11-19

Sadly, in this account, out of the ten lepers who were healed, ONLY ONE returned to give thanks and glory to God.

Now, this brings me to some touchy and debatable subjects about faith and mercy – I can already imagine someone who may get angry and frustrated/disappointed if their illness doesn’t get healed, or if their loved ones illness doesn’t get healed, although in their heart and soul they believed and had faith that the healing will happen. If it doesn’t, then it can bring back bitter thoughts of, “well, did I not believe hard enough?” “did I not pray enough?” “does God not love me enough to answer my prayers?”, etc., etc., etc.

I don’t have a certain answer for these. But from what I understand, we are under the grace of God, and if we truly believe in Him and have faith in Him, then no matter what the outcome, we have to trust Him that things are how they are for a purpose. I know the saying “God works in mysterious ways.” is extremely cliché, but I think part of our misunderstanding comes from us not knowing the complexity of the universe or our consciousness/conscience being.

Fear or LOVE?

And that brings me back to fear, which has been perpetrated non-stop in the media to get everyone panicking and fearful of this virus (which is debatable in its severity to begin with) and warning everyone to stay away from others and social distance themselves – even going so far as preventing us from reaching our loved ones who are in the hospitals or in hospice, etc. Those who are at risk are fearful of others, suspicious of everyone in regards to their own life. Those who are following along with the medical/government mandates out of well-intentioned, although misguided, efforts to shield others from the virus are also acting out of fear.

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I have had my own experience with this when my son was sick last year. This was during the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, and my son was showing symptoms of it. (Flu-like symptoms. I know there have been scientific studies that state that this virus is different from the flu, but a lot of the symptoms are the same. And especially at the beginning, no one was sure of anything. Well, just look at the state now. There are still conflicting information on the origins of this virus.)

Although I was uncertain of the severity of this virus, and the recommendations were to quarantine, etc., with the expectations in some countries to quarantine even within one’s own home and to make NO CONTACT with the infected family members, there was NO WAY I was going to subject my son to absolute quarantine and no affection. That is heartbreaking. Even if it meant that I would get sick, I was willing to take that chance to make sure that he knows that he is loved and cared for; not shunned and suffering all alone. In fact, I probably showed him MORE love during this time, even waking up during the night to make sure he was okay. Leaving him alone to save my own health was the last thing on my mind. Perhaps some might see that as reckless. But I see it as an act of love and compassion.

And I was almost certain that I was going to get sick in return. I was actually expecting it. I still hugged him. I still gave him kisses. I still held him. I did everything I normally would even if he’s perfectly healthy, x3.

And I didn’t get sick. I was practically counting on getting sick and prepared myself for it. But it didn’t happen. My love for him overrode any kind of hesitancy or fear of this uncertain illness. Now, it could have been the normal flu rather than the coronavirus, which I would usually get sick from anyway.

So What Would Jesus Do?

Well, he showed us with his love and compassion for a complete stranger. Not just a complete stranger. A sick, “unclean”, complete stranger. Now imagine if we all did the same. Yes I can show this love with my son – he’s my own family member. But can we show the same love for an unknown stranger, even if they’re sick, dirty, and possibly contagious?

Jesus did.

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One thing I have to mention, when does saving our own lives, cross the border to doing, or accepting, inhumane, unethical things?

Even now, there are efforts to deliberately grow a human fetus for the sole purpose of killing it just to do studies and research on it.

Scientists Want to Grow Unborn Babies for 40 Days and Kill Them for Research

This is HORRIFIC! Their justification (which there isn’t any for this type of project) is to explore stem cell research to extend human life or reverse aging, etc., etc. I can’t believe this is even a proposal.

THERE. IS. NO! JUSTIFICATION. FOR. THIS.

I can say, with every fiber of my being, that I would rather DIE than to promote this kind of heinous study. If it ultimately came down to me having the choice between dying, or having a life-altering/life-saving medicine that was created by using aborted fetuses, I would choose death every time. No amount of someone trying to persuade me by saying that fetuses aren’t living beings and are instead just a huge amount of cells will have ANY sway in my decision.

I know what I know, and I know what I feel. This is WRONG in every sense of the word. And it is setting a dangerous precedent that people will be willing to do anything in order to save their own life or their family member’s life – even at the detriment of someone else’s well being.

And I am prepared to give up my life to refuse these atrocious agendas.

14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.”
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.
17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
1 Peter 3:14-17
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
Matthew 16:24-25

Jesus is Love, and He has given us His teachings to follow Him and not the ways of the world. The ways of the world are falling into darkness, if not already enveloped in it. I refuse to be a part of this corrupt system. I don’t consent to it.

Jesus Christ is The Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is who we should follow.

Whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated (even if there are concerns about the vaccinated shedding a spike protein and getting others sick; or the unvaccinated spreading the coronavirus) Jesus would love us all the same. Although He may not approve of some of the decisions that have been taken, the key message here is to repent of our errors, no matter which side we’re on, and learn to love one another and grow in compassion and faith.

Forgiveness is a huge factor as well. If we can forgive each other, we can work on rebuilding our connections and let go of any of the hostility we may be feeling towards each other. I forgive anyone and everyone who truly repents of their actions if they feel as if they may have made the wrong decisions.

God bless you all.

12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
John 15:12-13
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8

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Violence in Entertainment – Does Media Affect Our Thoughts? pt. 1

Think you think for yourself?
Well, think again.

When I was younger, I used to think that all the people that claimed that violence on t.v., movies, music, etc. made an impression on us, were ridiculous. I ardently believed that people were conscious enough to come to their own decisions and thought patterns, and ridiculed those that speculated otherwise.

Perhaps that was me jumping on the bandwagon of mocking the alleged “conspiracy theorists”. Calling them crazy and uninformed.

Well who's laughing now?

(Well, I suppose it’s no laughing matter, but at least I’ve finally come to the realization that I was wrong.)

Before I delve in, what do you think? Are you here on this page because you believe the same thing? Or are you here because you think it’s a ridiculous concept like I once did?

Disclaimer: This website promotes love, kindness and compassion. However, in order to strive towards that, we must also expose the negativity surrounding us on a day to day basis. This post delves into some dark material that we should be aware of in order to guide us towards a better future.
- Crystal
Expanding Awareness Relations

If you’ve read my previous posts: How do we Find the Truth? and When News Media Lies, you already know about the levels of deception and manipulation that these “sources” have propagated to the population. (With the help of the CIA, I might add.)

So is it that much of a stretch to contemplate on this idea?

If that’s not enough of a reason, I will be addressing other points that might provide a little more insight into this kind of “mind control” programming. This is part 1 of a 10 part series, starting with “Violence in Entertainment”.

Pt. 1: Violence in Entertainment -

From everything such as t.v., movies, music, video games... watching violent movies, shows, playing violent video games, or listening to hate-filled music has inspired some horrible crimes.

It’s no surprise that violence in entertainment is on this list. Whether people have been inspired to commit horrible crimes due to scenes they’ve seen on the big screen, or whether they wanted to duplicate the actions of their favorite video games. Being compelled by an outside source into acts of violence can certainly interfere with the mind.

One thing (out of many) that we need to take into account are who these individuals are, and what kind of lifestyle they were in.

How true is nature vs. nurture?

Well, for starters, there are scientific studies into various genes, such as the “warrior gene (MOAO)”, which allegedly predisposes you to be naturally more violent.

Now imagine (if these studies are fact) that a person carrying the warrior gene not only grew up as a young child watching and playing all these violent video games and movies, but also lacking proper supervision and guidance? Even if a child didn’t have this warrior gene, watching non-stop videos or playing games of violence with guns and knives and murder is bound to corrupt the child.

A geneticist, Dean Hamer, allegedly discovered the “God gene”, which can help determine how spiritually sound one is, and the “gay gene”, which obviously is to determine if someone is more likely to prefer the opposite gender.

There was also a video (hotly debated as to it’s authenticity) which showed a presentation at the pentagon that proposed a “Funvax” – a vaccine which would suppress this gene; making people lose their belief in God – specifically targeting the “religious fanatics”, as the presenter stated. You can watch the video here.

Rudolph Steiner, a well-known philosopher back in the early 1900’s, was talking about this very agenda over 100 years ago. – source

Honestly, this topic is a fascinating study into our mind, body, and the potential implications it has on our soul. There have also been contested issues about using us without our knowledge into manipulating our genetic make-up; thereby taking away our free will to live as we were created to.

The ways “they” have proposed to do this (if not already have and possibly still doing)? Using vaccines, as the aforementioned video states, medication, chem trails, gay bombs – (yes, the pentagon actually pushed for this idea), and microchips – implanted into the mind and/or body.

Are you okay with having your body and mind manipulated against your will? Are we sure they’re not doing these things already?

The psychological make-up of some do raise up the issue that, perhaps the people that are committing crimes due to “entertainment”, have some sort of mental health issues already. It has been implied that those that try and duplicate video game violence already have a history of abuse and violence. Either as the perpetrator, or the receiver. Perhaps even both.

Which begs the question… if that’s the case, then why are they allowed to play such violent video games in the first place? Or watch violent movies? Aren’t there tv, movie, video game ratings that help people in determining what may be suitable for a child/teen/adult? Maybe part of the problem is that adults don’t necessarily adhere to these recommended ratings.

This isn’t mentioned to condemn anyone. And perhaps some people still don’t believe that media can influence someone. But there are multiple studies that would prove otherwise.

Personal Experience

And I, myself, highly regret making some of the choices I have made with my then 8-year old child. Taking him to a PG-13 movie, which you wouldn’t think is that bad, but this particular movie gave him nightmares. And not only that, he was also stressed that he may act out in a violent manner. Which is incredibly heartbreaking for any parent to hear. You can imagine my deep guilt and grief for seeing him struggle with such a dilemma.

Imagine that. An 8-year old, making the consciously aware confession that he’s afraid he’ll do something violent. (All from watching a PG-13 movie.) I was devastated, and made amends immediately to shower him with reassurance and love and support. Thankfully, he grew out of this phase. But it was certainly terrifying for a moment.

(And I didn’t even mention the fact that a family member was going to let my son (at 9) play GTA V… – I DON’T THINK SO.)

Other questions we must ask are: are they being abused? Physically, mentally, verbally? If so, by who and why hasn’t it stopped? And again, even if they were “wired wrong to begin with”, as one article put it, and that’s why they were so impressionable with a video game, then it is still pointing to them being affected by the game.

What if they had never been exposed to these violent scenes? What if, instead, they grew up in a loving environment, never being abused, and not corrupted by society’s sometimes twisted view into conformity?

Then we have the fact that most studies have shown that an average time a child/teen spends in front of a television set (watching movies, shows, playing video games, etc.) is around 6 and a half hours. I think most of us can agree that a child (especially at such a young age) is extremely impressionable and likely to duplicate what they see on television or on video games.

Without proper guidance, these same children will not know that the actions depicted on screen is very different than that of real life. Plus take into account that by watching so much violence and cruelty in the first place, has actually been linked to desensitization and apathy.

Add that to all the negativity we see on the big screen, which has allegedly had a hand in influencing some heinous crimes, and it makes one wonder if people are as in control of what they think… as they think they are.

What About Music?

Music also has a link in consciously affecting us. Perhaps even in a subliminal way that we’re not even aware of at the moment.

I’m sure there have been instances where you’ve heard a song, tons of times, but one day, out of the blue, the lyrics just HIT you. Even though you’ve sung the song multiple times before. You may not have even realized what you were singing.

It’s amazing what having a child will make you aware of. For some people, that is. Some are still unaware of the ramifications that media can have on their child; or on themselves, for that matter.

I came to this harsh realization, not only with the PG-13 example I mentioned above, but also another time while sitting at a restaurant. They were playing “Loser”, by Beck.

I knew this song; even sung the lyrics here and there when I was younger. But never did the full implications of the lyrics hit me than it did while sitting at that restaurant with my 5 year old son while waiting for food. I was almost in disbelief that they would play that song. A family establishment. And let me get this straight. I never had any issues with that song before. But while listening to the lyrics:

“With the rerun shows and the cocaine nose-job”

“He hung himself with a guitar string”

and, of course, the popular chorus line:

“I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me?

I was suddenly acutely aware of the words.

Now you may argue that with my son being 5 he most likely wouldn’t understand those lyrics. And even if I agreed with you, that still wouldn’t excuse this establishment from playing this song. Perhaps they were, also, blissfully unaware of the connotations that media can impose on the mind. (And it’s not only the weak-minded.)

But I would also propose that they knew exactly what they were doing. After all, having a family member that used to work in fast food, they were specifically given a tape of music to play for their customers that played the same set of songs, over and over and over again.

(More marketing and advertisement schemes? Perhaps. Only those at the “top” know for sure.)

Regardless of the intentions, or lack thereof, the fact of the matter remained. I was uncomfortable with my son overhearing that song. Perhaps you may think I’m being too sensitive. But I submit that we’re not being sensitive enough.

There’s another aspect that it is not the music itself that drives one to suicide or violence. Perhaps people that are already in that mindset seek out these kind of music, instead of the music influencing their thoughts.

That could be the case. But I would also argue that if that is true, then the people who seek out this type of music certainly don’t help their own awareness in getting out of their negative mentality. If anything, it would only exacerbate it.

Perhaps we should look to ourselves to make the conscious decision to not listen to these types of music; or at least have a well-grounded view and control over our own thoughts before we do.

(On a personal note, I love some rock music. But I am aware of the affects it can have on my mentality, much less that of a young child or teen. One of my good friends was obsessed with Avenged Sevenfold’s I won’t See You Tonight Parts 1 and 2. He was always depressed. Was he depressed because he was listening to these sad, tragic songs? Or was his depression attracting him to listen to these types of music?)

As we will see in future parts to this series, media definitely does not only affect children. In part 2, I tackle the effect that news media has on our minds, from political propaganda to encouraging riots and division. In part 3, I address the sad hold that media addiction can have over us.

Stay tuned.

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