The Importance of a Couch Potato



    Perhaps one of the most criticized creatures of modern society. The segregated rebels; the elements of the movement that’s mostly about anti-movement. The silent heroes that quietly sacrifice themselves everyday in their quest for sustaining a materialistic society that, at the same time that claims minimalism, requires consumption of goods as a way of sustaining itself and its trading characteristics.

    Before you start criticizing your resident couch potato…have you thought of all the goodness they bring to this modern society?

    For instance; what would happen to the potato chip industry if only fitness conscious people existed?  What would happen to the soda pop and beer industry?  Even the remote control batteries need to exist for them!

    Every year bigger TV screens and better sound systems are developed for what seems to be the satisfaction of couch potatoes, yet, if it wasn’t for them, there’ll be no need of such marvels of technology in a society that claims the best way to spend time is running, jogging, or simply practicing some form of sport.

    What about the TV industry that have to supply endless programs and shows to be aired 24/7?  What would happen to those aspiring actors and actresses that dream of the red carpet, and find an opportunity to show their “talents” in some obscure reality show?

    To the couch potatoes we owe the existence and remain of such dedicated industries, and with it, the possibility of so many jobs for people to have.

    (Violins playing in crescendo)

    Products are created and distributed, jobs become available and money circulates around, sustaining the system by which this modern society survives.

    It is not just the creation of products like potato chips, pizza, soda pop and beer, but also the distribution of those goods, even to the extent of home delivery.

    No tax reduction or government incentive has succeeded in reactivating the economy. When the intention is to motivate consumers to consume, so the industry can remain, only couch potatoes have quietly, and without any government incentive, persevered in their quest for industry movement.

    To them we owe a still alive economy that remains in a seemingly inexorable fall and that, maybe otherwise would not even exist today. 

    (A fifty people chorus singing in crescendo)    

    To those unsung heroes that quietly go away and disappear after death, with no tombstone reminding us of their sacrifice with a simple phrase like “Here are the remains of a dedicated couch potato; who persevered throughout his life in his quest for an active and financially fit industry, even to his own doom”

    “Have you hugged a Couch Potato today?”

    Couch potatoes are true human beings. They smile, cheer or criticize some characters on TV; laugh out loud and get emotional to tears with the tribulations experienced by some others in the screen.

   Couch Potatoes experience the full range of emotions reserved only to those who dare to be openly human, without restrictions imposed by self improvement books that suggest the restrain of one side of the emotional spectrum, such as sadness, anger, confusion, desperation, etc, in favor of the other extreme of such spectrum as happiness, laughter and satisfaction.

    They know how to freely scream and express their emotions in an unrestricted way when the player missed the opportunity to score. They can really express their happiness and satisfaction when seeing the funny side of a TV program, and even a TV commercial.

    Couch potatoes can, and do experience the full range of emotions reserved only for a complete human being!

With tears in my eyes I dedicate this post to those that, in a non selfish way, without expecting recognition and applause, standing the criticism and segregation of the others, the fittest ones, still persevere in their quest of saving the economy of modern society, so we can not only live, but have a decent place to be in.

    Couch Potatoes of the world…I salute you!  :)


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8 Responses to The Importance of a Couch Potato

  1. I see where you’re going with this, but I’m still not a fan of the couch potato. I think occasional potatodom is acceptable, but I feel a giant void when spending too much time in front of the TV.

    The couch potato life just isn’t for me, but maybe there are people that are meant to experience life from the couch.
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    Raul Reply:

    Hi Eric,

    I’m not a couch potato either. My average is two (2) hours a week of TV. But maybe a little fun on taking a look at such despised, yet so common situation these days.

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  2. Nacho Jordi says:

    Hopefully, if science advances at the right pace, one day we’ll all become couch potatoes. Can you figure that? A couch potato world… Happiness indeed!

    Thanks for the hilarious post :)
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    Raul Reply:

    Hi Nacho,

    That idyllic world reminds me of the movie WALL-E!
    Hopefully we don’t get to that point…but I could adopt Wall-E.
    I like machines, and that little robot was awesome :)

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  3. Nacho Jordi says:

    It’s funny, your comment resurrects an old controversy of mine: In Wall-E, as far as I remember, it is clearly stated that the people are bloated because of the lack of gravity: not having to stand the toil of weight, their body structures have been distorted. But everyone around me disregards that affirmation in the film and consider that aspect a clear criticism against consumerism and the like. Did I understand it wrong, am I missing something?
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    Raul Reply:

    Hi Nacho,

    You are right. But seeing all that people in their mobile chairs and having a drink in their hands; not having to do any effort, but just let the time go by, reminded me of the couch potatos. In space astronauts have to keep working out in order to remain in shape when working in zero gravity enviroments (“2001, A Space Odissey”). Either they forgot to consider that point in the movie, or left it out for a “hidden” criticism.

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  4. Solita says:

    As a confirmed couch potato (though I call it Lounging) I am heartened and touched by your enlightened post. One thing you missed in your otherwise well informed post is the marvel that is “passive” couch potato-ing. Do you know how much history I’ve osmosis-ly learned simply because reaching for the remotee was far too strenous an activity. Science, Theology, Nature, oh my! Most of my adult knowledge has been attained by passive, remote-less, viewing. Praise be, potato friend.

    Raul Reply:

    Hi Solita,

    Good to see a confirmed couch potato raise her voice over the crowds. To regain the rightful place and respect so long denied by the hordes of shape and look oriented people.

    A tip of the hat to those who dare to defy the “New World Order” of looks and over-wealth!

    I salute you! :)

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