What we see and hear can shape our mind, be­hav­iour

New Straits Times - - Letters -

I BEG to dif­fer with Tan Sri Mohd Sher­iff Mohd Kas­sim (“View­ers can think for them­selves” — NST, March 19). He dis­agrees with the ear­lier de­ci­sion to cut the “gay mo­ment” scene in the Beauty and the Beast movie.

As a par­ent and aca­demi­cian, I can­not ig­nore the sig­nif­i­cant in­flu­ence of the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try on the be­hav­iour of my chil­dren and stu­dents.

The im­pact of TV and movies on any so­ci­ety is so sig­nif­i­cant that al­most noth­ing can match or sur­pass it. This fact has long been proven in much aca­demic re­search.

We know that what we see and hear can shape our mind. The more neg­a­tive be­hav­iours be­ing screened, the more likely the be­hav­iour will be adopted.

Have you ever won­dered why our so­ci­ety is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing moral col­lapse? Things are get­ting worse by the day de­spite ef­forts taken by the gov­ern­ment, ed­u­ca­tors and oth­ers to cur­tail so­cial prob­lems. What has moved them away from the right moral and re­li­gious con­ducts?

The en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try and so­cial me­dia con­tain sig­nif­i­cant doses of vi­o­lence, crime, sex, etc. All these play a sig­nif­i­cant role in cor­rupt­ing the mind of our peo­ple and the fu­ture gen­er­a­tion.

If we are ready to forego our price­less val­ues and ac­cept the de­struc­tion of our fam­ily and so­cial in­sti­tu­tions, we should con­sider do­ing away with censorship.

And, when dam­age is done, there is no use cry­ing over spilt milk!

ANITA MD SHARIFF

UiTM, Dun­gun, Tereng­ganu

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