I'm sure many of us have been preached to about vanity in one form, or another. Vanity defined as "excessive pride in one's appearance, qualities, abilities, achievements, etc", and "something worthless, trivial, or pointless" (product of ego). I'm sure once again that we all have noticed that particular movie, and or rock star being vain. BUT what about the movies, and songs they produce? Is entertainment a waist of energy to produce, and experience?
I'm a big fan of Anime, and video games. However I can't help to think this is a big waist of time, even tho it's fun. In the back of my mind such things are vain. The time and resources spent on entertainment I could be spending on exploring NPMR, or helping others. Those things would help me to evolve, and potentially others as well. On the other hand watching that movie, or playing that game... what did I achieve? The one exception to this was the MMORPGs I've played, but that was do to interacting with other players in another environment.
When I look at us Americans the coined frase "don't mess with my beer and football" comes to mind. Beer and football representing any kind of past time entertainment, and it's not exclusive to America. We put so much effort into maintaining that form of pleasure that it seems almost delusional, and or irrational. I really suspect this is nothing more than a form of ego produced wall to protect us from our fears, or more likely too ignore our troubles. I've drank beer to get away form the pressures at work, immersed myself into a movie, book, or game just to avoid dealing with a situation life presented. It all seems so ego, and fear driven, but at the same time, maybe that's true to a degree, just not at the extent I think it is. To be honest even if it was ego driven, I wouldn't give it all up over night, but would be motivated to cut back until I reached the point of doing so.
Thanks for any insights