You can now listen to an audio version of my article “A Short Meditation on the News”
In it I reflect on the question, how can we be informed citizens while refraining from being addicted to the news?
As the news becomes more sensationalized and graphic, how can we make judgements on what is really information is really important to us?
I don’t claim to have any answers to these questions, but the article is an extended ‘rant’ on the subject
Scroll. Swipe. Click. Share. Repeat.
Your heart races and you start to breathe heavier. Internal tensions flare as you are confronted with the world’s latest catastrophic event.
How can one possibly maintain a sense of calm or equanimity while watching the news?
One quickly becomes mentally and emotionally exhausted by the constant reminder of our grim and dark Hobbesian world. We ponder, maybe Thomas Hobbes was right when he noted “life is nasty, brutish and short.”
Attention, our precious finite resource, is constantly hacked by the continuous shocking headlines. Curiosity and terror grip your mind scrolling through the latest articles in your news feed.
Your imagination runs astray.
I empathize with all the suffering that is displayed in the news, but how much compassion can a heart hold?
In a fragmented media environment, the reasonable person is bound to ask – who is right, who is wrong, what is…
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