I am currently in the process of moving to into my new house in Sarasota. After some consideration, I have decided not to get high speed internet, or cable television. There are a few reasons why I chose not to purchase these services.
1. The internet is a time killer. You can get sidetracked on to so many sites, that you waste hours that can be spent doing more productive things. One site leads to another, and to another, and another..
2. The internet is an easy portal for spending money. One trip to Amazon can cost me not only hours of time looking at books, but it also costs me money. At this point in time I have several thousand books. I know because I am in the process of moving them myself! A priest once gave me a bunch of his books from his old seminary days. I asked him why he wanted to get rid of them. He told me that once I move a couple of times, I will understand. I am beginning to see his point!
3. The internet is a source of temptation. No matter how holy you are, there is always the lure of indecent images on the internet. They are everywhere now including the advertisements, even on Facebook. I was talking to friend of mine recently and he won't let his kids on Facebook anymore because of the filth that shows up on there. This point is simple, no internet, less temptation.
3. Cable TV costs too much for what you get. I only watch TV maybe once a week for an hour or so, or I have it on for background noise. Either way I am not getting my money's worth.
4. Cable TV has nothing on worth watching. Yes I like the Military Channel, The History Channel, Fox News and EWTN on occasion, but besides that there isn't much worth watching. It can also be a time killer channel changing looking for something when I am bored.
5. Time spent praying, reading and writing is time that is largely invested wisely, while surfing around on the internet shopping, or watching TV, etc, is time largely wasted.
There are some disadvantages to not having high speed internet. For one I will not be putting up any audio or video loads any longer on the Catholic Champion podcast. At least this will be the case for the foreseeable future. I will however keep the podcast online so that people can continue to listen to the sermons and talks that are on currently available there.
Although I will not have high speed internet, I will have limited access to the net to pay bills, post up an article on this blog, or look up some info I need. With the technology now on the smart phones, I can easily check and send emails, so I won't be hindered so much there. As far as TV goes, I have a pretty good collection of DVDs and Blu-Rays to watch, and that is enough to keep me entertained. I hope that by foregoing these two services I will spend my time more wisely, allowing me to pray more, read more, and write more. Hopefully I will be able to get back posting here after I finish my move. I hope to be done by Sunday!