I saw Sin City recently. (You may have read my scathing review ...) It had a big impact on me. And not in a good way. But this isn't a rant about Sin City. Not directly, anyway. This is a rant about forests, not trees. It really made me wonder ... what sort of world are we making for ourselves? We're serving up sex and violence as entertainment. We sit and we eat popcorn while we watch people get shot, blown apart, skewered, have sex, get crushed, and torn limb from limb. I see two problems with this ... First, on a basic level, our minds don't know the difference between movies and reality. This is a neurological fact. What we see on the screen, our mind experiences as if it is happening right in front of us. The human brain was not created with movies in mind (no pun intended). It does not distinguish, it only experiences. So when we sit and watch gratuitous sex and violence at the movies, we are in a very real sense creating and living in our own Sodom and Gomorrah. The movies (and tv) we watch become our reality. Second, what does this say about us that we enjoy it? What does this say about us, that we watch people suffer pain and torture and death and dismemberment while eating popcorn, and call it good entertainment? Is this not more than a little sadistic? Are we much better than the Romans, cheering and applauding while we watch people being torn limb from limb by lions or gladiators ? Some claim that western society is morally corrupt and evil. Is it so hard to imagine why when this is how we choose to pass our time and amuse ourselves? I'm thinking of a question from buddhism. For each and every thought and action, ask yourself, does this benefit humankind? Or, if you like, does this harm mankind? I think we are doing ourselves real harm. And it only seems to be getting worse. /rant Locking at author's request.