If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly. – Thomas Sowell
Five years ago, I started to get the sense that news, both written and spoken, had a negative impact on me even if sub-conciousely.
Three years ago, I tried a pilot project to not read or listen to any news for 30 days of Ramadan 2014 and I continued that way until Ramadan 2015 when I started to allow news back into my life, minimally.
Now, Ramadan 2016, I can tell you that my experience in the past couple of years confirmed a few important things, news:
- Takes the exception and presents it as a norm
- Breeds fear in the hearts of people
- Exaggerates other people’ actions and words
- Subconsciously makes one negative about the future
- Dramatises events and/or other people’s actions
In other words, news is a source of poor mental health be it consciously or subconsciously.
Other than knowing main headlines, I ask god to help us turn off our TVs and stay away from online news which hurt more than benefit us.
The truth is that life is beautiful and:
- is filled with universal truths as a norm irrespective of differences
- there is nothing to fear is we continue to be ourselves in our decisions
- all of people’s actions and words are equally important and it is always best to either say good or say nothing at all
- positivity breeds positivity
- there is no drama over people’s actions and words, there are just decisions that other people take within their capabilities
Life is real … news is not!
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