I was discussing the effects of watching the news recently with a group of close friends. My argument was that the news is an unfair representation of what is actually happening in the world. I’m not saying that it’s not the truth but the negative stories are disproportionate to all the good that is happening but is less desirable for the media to report. I was explaining that I don’t think it is healthy for your holistic well-being or of any benefit at all watching it.
Even if I’m wrong and there is more harm than good happening in the world, why do certain stories get covered constantly yet other equally horrific stories get completely ignored? Could it be possible that it serves some purpose for the media to decide what they focus our fears on?
I was quite surprised that my girlfriends didn’t agree with me at all. They thought it was extremely important to hear what the latest news report was at least once a day. They thought it ignorant to be uninformed of international and domestic affairs. I’m still not sure what their argument was regarding what purpose it served other than being informed but I think it might make them feel smarter. I know I used to feel like that. However now I see it as a stupid practice.
I don’t want to be fed information by an unreliable and mostly biased source, sensationalizing these topics. Just listen to the soundtrack of the 10 o’clock news – it’s very ominous and scary. It sounds like the soundtrack to an epic movie. Why does news have to make us scared? Why does it have to be negative? Do you know the power you hand over when you are kept in such a negative mind frame? It stops you from taking chances, living your life to the fullest and generally giving more of yourself to the world. You won’t even be aware of the effect it’s having until you stop watching it. It’s a form of addiction, perpetuating the fear that the media is breeding into us and we’re willingly accepting it.
Well I have stopped. I stopped about 6 months ago and I can’t tell you how much better I feel. I know that certain places have recently been blown up or there’s been a fire here or there, I still talk to people and I see the cover of newspapers but I don’t soak it up. I don’t lean into it. My focus is on the positivity in the world and the good I can give of myself. How I can best be of service.
Instead of focusing time on all these atrocities why not focus on how we can become better humans and serve the universe as best we can. I imagine that if this were to happen then there would be less bad shit to report.