I do not watch the news. I do not follow stories on social media. I do not read the newspaper. In short, I do not know in any detail what is happening in the world.
I have a pretty good idea that the news is filled with scenes of horror. It would be impossible to filter out all of the buzz that the major headlines inevitably create in the air around me.
I know there are a whole lot of angry women out there because of the injustices created by society and men of power. I know there is an extremely controversial president in office wreaking havoc in all corners of the globe. I know there are countries, freedoms and people under attack everywhere, all the time. I know Mother Earth is suffering at man’s hand. I know there are children being abused in every single sense of the word.
Outside of praying for change, I can’t directly change any of this myself, as one person. And I’m quite certain this statement will be cause for many people to say that I am naive, ignorant and even irresponsible. It’s just that it isn’t my belief that affecting change is my calling in the world. At least not today. Maybe it will be someday and I can truly make a significant difference some where, some how. But because it is not my place in my life at this moment, I can not surround myself with outrage at the horrors of this deeply damaged world. And by the way, that’s not a cop out so I don’t have to face the hard battles of this world. I listen deeply for spiritual guidance and believe my life to be directed by the divine.
The most wonderful perspective about the news that I have ever been told was from someone whose college communications professor shared with them: the news is the extraordinary, not the ordinary; Otherwise it would not be news… Isn’t that good news?! Stories on the news are either about exceptional goodness or exceptional evil. It would be awesome if there was a lot more exceptional goodness in the world, but the flip side of that coin is that “the norm” (aka what is NOT news) is NOT the horrors.
My personality leans towards “the empath”, which means I am susceptible to taking on other people’s emotions… pain, joy, heartache. Watching a story on the news about a 2-year-old that was beaten to death by his mom’s boyfriend makes me feel like it was my very own child and that is NOT an emotional journey I want to take. Being empathic is not a bad thing, but it can lead an individual to bear unnecessary pain. Combine my empathic tendencies with a very low tolerance for drama, and watching the news becomes literally the least tolerable activity for me.
So I choose NO NEWS. It doesn’t mean I think that the world is always full of rainbows, unicorns and butterflies, but it certainly helps me see the rainbows and not just the bad apples at the bottom of the barrel. Sit next to me on a plane and will you get a politically charged and globally educated conversation? Absolutely not! But, you WILL get a cheery individual happy to chat about where we’re going, where we’ve been, philosophy, life’s greatest conundrums, raising children, health and wellness, and a whole slew of other interesting topics.
Nothing wrong with that…