Quote from s. on June 28, 2013, 11:41 AM
i dont think anyone is COMFORTABLE with the subway...but weve been through this before.
show me one hollywood movie worth a shiur. its like a kid's breakfast cereal that advertises on the box to have "Vitamin C"...its like, great, but there are better sources for vitamin C than a sugary wheat cereal...! saying that not all movies are bad....there may be some nice message or something in the clean movies, but there are still the secular concepts and values that subtly get ingrained in your mind.
its not only about shmiras einayim..its also about how he spends his free time. (and this applies to girls as well)- you can do things to chill out, rejuvenate, etc. in order to better be able to serve Hashem. in fact, you should! but if what you are doing to relax is harming you spiritually, you'd better find a different outlet for yourself. and there are plenty that are not as detrimental to your spiritual health as watching entertainment made by goyim.
You're right. Let's all agree on the following points:
-shmiras einayim is important
- movies/ the subway is not an optimal framework within which to practice SE
- free time is best spent doing constructive things
I think we also can agree that most movies have some kind of non-Torah message.
We can also agree that some movies are neutral. They won't harm you spiritually but they won't do anything good for you either.
Now, there are many outlets a person can have. Most of us have a mix of outlets; some we wish we could stop doing, that are really a little destructive, (biting nails, watching movies, obsessing about shidduchim) harmless outlets that don't really bother us (inshidduchim.com, cell phone games) and constructive outlets (doing chesed).
You have to really think about it before labeling on outlet as BAD and another as okay. So the best thing to do is look at the person for who he is overall and see how his outlets have impacted him as a person. If you respect him and see that he is good, his outlets just aren't such a big deal.