Instead of watching television, why not learn how to grow an herb garden? Not only is it an enjoyable pastime and visually appealing, it is healthy and saves money at the grocery store. I grow all of my own cooking herbs and plant them wherever I can. Instead of watching television, get a canvas and paint something. It might not be a Picasso, but while in a state of meditation you may come up with a great business idea. Who knows, you may discover a hidden talent. By being proactive rather than a non-participant in life, our economy and populace will flourish. Producing something aids you personally, as well as our country and ultimately the world. We may laugh at Homer Simpson but unfortunately he depicts the common man. An apathetic populace breeds continued failure.
The strength of a nation is not in its vast numbers, nor is its economy based merely on consumer buying power. Its strength rests in the quality of the people it generates. This is seen too in the art it composes. Unfortunately we have become extremely lackadaisical, and even worse, we govern ourselves accordingly. Fair warning America: the corporate moguls and political strategists love this.
Our nation was born to and given strength mostly by farmers and children with muskets and pitchforks staving off an armada. They contemplated and assimilated the world around them, which enabled them to export ideas, products, and an enviable culture. They produced a strong populace and an equally strong nation. Sadly, we are allowing our strengths to be usurped as we idly, apathetically recline, absorbing the dregs thrown our way.