Occasionally, though not very often, one or another of them will emerge from their tomb, or womb, or whatever their TV room is called, and start talking to the walkers passing by. Sure, it's a neighborly thing to do, perhaps, but the conversations they invariably engage in, consist 100% of stories from their Soap Operas! And they've got hundreds, nay, thousands of them, ready to drop on any unsuspecting passerby.
Obviously, they've been doing this for a long time - years and years - and they never realized for themselves the effect such a) casual viewing, b) automatic remembering at the time, c) mechanical recalling later, d) and repeatedly "reliving" them, again and again and again, has on the flow of energy circulating within them, i.e., their, "higher potential intelligence" (though DON'T TELL THEM that!) If they HAD realized it, they'd stop watching those Soaps, and start creating their Own. Not necessarily for public consumption, but for themselves alone.
Now, this bit above is not about ordinary neighborhood housewives and their bored lives, needing to fill their inner intellectual and emotional void with TV SOAPS, which are designed to cause almost instantaneous addiction in those who can not see what's happening. For them, it's like Crack Cocaine, and all it takes is a couple/three hits off the crack pipe, and they are hooked. Trying to talk them off their Crack is like trying to Teach people how to grow wings, or leap tall buildings in a single bound. (Oh, it CAN be done, but even SurferGuy can't Teach anyone HOW, or WHY.)
No, what this bit below is about is the overlay, some here probably see already; comparing, bored-with-their-physical-lives housewives, who spend most of the day glued to the couch eating bonbons and drinking in their favorite Soapy Character's activities, to, bored-with-their-intellectual-lives bon vivants, who spend most of the day in random, associative thinking about what everybody else in the world is thinking about, that is piped into their heads from TV, radio, Internet sources, other people they know, books, magazines, billboards, etc.