Like Graham, we caught part of Big Brother last night. In order to buy shopping, the female housemates had to rank themselves in order of how intelligent, attractive and considerate they were. The lone male housemate then had to match up the ratings. For each one that he got correct, they would get £100 worth of shopping.
'Let bitching commence!', and it did. They then had bathroom privileges removed because of one house member's indiscretion, and then a fight over hair straighteners. Miaaaow!
It's clever TV, undoubtedly, but it's calculated to bring out the absolute worst in human nature. Which of us could bear to be told we are the least intelligent, attractive or considerate by our peers? It's not a practice to be commended. I hope they try and do something that will cause people to be kind to one another, but somehow I doubt that will happen.
Of course, there is another way that should be encouraged, though it's a much tougher option:
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
Jesus Christ (John 13:34 NIV)