Saturday, October 21, 2006
Monastery: the Reality TV Series on TLC
I suppose it highlights the world's fascination with what is holy and sacred. Though it seems a bit like we are casting pearls before swine I suppose some heart may be touched.
The premise of the show is that guests are to spend 40 days at the desert Monastery Our Lady of the Desert in New Mexico. This Boston Herald article mentions 5 men staying with the monks while this USA Today article reveals that an equal number of women will stay with the sisters.
It seems that a majority of the participants are atheists, agnostics or malcontents who engage the monks in debate about "women rights and gay rights". How tiresome and completely predictable.
In researching the website of the Monastery I discovered that this community makes monastic caskets to sell. Rather than seeming morbid it seems quite fitting and beautiful.