Releasing Negative Energy Through Art & Media
I recently read an article about a "buddhist leader" who believes that violent video games can be therapeutic. He said, "If I'm having some negative thoughts or negative feelings, video games are one way in which I can release that energy in the context of the illusion of the game."
I understand what he's saying, I think. It's a way to channel and get rid of negative emotions in a way that is harmless — or at least not directly harmful. To keep those feelings out of the real world and out the way.
It seems okay to me, but I'm not highly educated in the dharma.
How do you guys on this forum feel about this? Does this idea sound like it's trying to minimize the importance of meditation, or take away a crucial aspect of meditation? Forgive my ignorance, but is it okay for a buddhist to want to act on violent feelings even in a video game?
Also, could the same "therapeutic" concept apply for violent poetry and song lyrics? For example, there is a song from the '90s called F*ck Off and Die. The lyrics don't actually depict acts of violence, but are blatantly saying that the singer cares not whether the person in question lives or dies. Is this also a good way of channeling negative energy in such a way that it stays out of physicality?