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News Psychosis

It’s very tempting to think that the world is ending when watching the news on TV.

I’m still in the midst of my 60 day experiment without news but, being home for the holidays, I occasionally hear clips of it standing my in-law’s kitchen.

It’s hard not to feel compassion for those poor souls who sit in front of the TV all day mainlining the stuff. How could you not think we live in a horribly dangerous, unfair, awful world?

The negative, the sensational, the outrageous is what sells. So that’s what’s on the news. Because it keeps eyeballs.

But how much of our everyday lives do those type of events actually encapsulate? How much actionable information can you get from hearing the same Mad Lib-style Breaking News reports each night?

But perhaps more importantly, how much does it numb us to the news that should grab our attention? The news that will have a direct impact on our lives? The news that has the potential to make our world a better place?

And how much does it drive us to hate our fellow countrymen? To hate our own families? To seek the worst in people? To kill our heroes at a moment’s notice? To live in a world void of redemption, rife with minefields?

News in its current state puts its viewers into a psychosis of sorts. It has become completely incompatible with being a part of reality.

And the best treatment we have so far, is to just step away.

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