Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Being Informed.

I don't watch the news. I've learned that watching the news leaves me feeling:

I'm well aware of man's inhumanity to man, and to his fellow creatures on the earth, I don't need a daily reminder via my tv. I've pretty much stopped admitting to this non-watching of the news, because I decided years ago that if one more person asked in amazement, "Don't you want to be informed?" I'd start screaming.

No, I don't want to be informed of the latest rapes, murders, thefts, muggings, beatings, deadly car crashes, wars, abuses, or any of the other millions of horrific actions people choose to take on a daily basis. I can't do a damn thing about any of it, so I don't want to hear about it. It's all completely beyond my control; a steady diet of the terrible things people do only depresses me, and triggers my negative thinking. I start to view the world, and mankind, as hopelessly evil and corrupt. If that's the case, then what's the use of any of my small effort? It's a teaspoon to an ocean. Etc, etc, until I'm in such a state of gloom, that it takes concerted effort to climb back out of the pit.

Now and then, I will have a conversation with someone who is determined to talk about some horror from the news, and who wants to describe it to me in full gory detail. I've learned to say -politely - that I don't want to hear about it, please.

I've moved far and away past the point of caring if others think I'm wierd for not watching the news, or reading the paper. I had a conversation with someone last night, who said that I should watch the news "so I knew what people are capable of."
I learned that in my childhood; it's not a lesson one is likely to forget. Daily reminders of it aren't good for me, they take me down a road I do not wish to travel.

I've worked to develop a more positive attitude about life. Watching the news makes this positive attitude impossible for me to sustain, so I don't watch the news. It's a simple fix.  Sometimes life really is that easy, but I complicate it unnecessarily, because I just cannot accept that the solution has been sitting there in front of me the entire time.


  1. I am a newswatcher. I don't like what I see but do enjoy political commentary. I have to say that the insanity of what we do to each other is troubling. I believe that God weeps over these things.

  2. Thank you for this.. me too.. me too. i stopped watching the news..

    When I lost some freelance work; and I put it on; it may me discourage last year.. so I stopped watching it and keep finding new work when I lose clientele due to the economy.

    It is like they want to keep spreading Gloom and Doom.. and watching it does leave me hopeless.. so no more.

  3. I have always been a news junkie however I have had to take news fasts especially during times of stress.Part of me wants to be in the world and the other part wants to get off when it gets to be too much. It's hard because we are so powerless when it comes to the news.When I feel like that I know it is time to give it over to my Higher Power in prayer.

  4. Really good post! Thankyou. I've cut way back on my tv and newspaper consumption for similar reasons. I read this post at a time when I've been thinking of cutting out even more. I like to keep somewhat informed but find that in trying to do so am often overwhelmed by too much serenity-busting information.