News Flash: Stop Watching The News!
This is a big day! Lot’s going on! IMPORTANT NEWS!
In International News: Conflicts continue to rise between the United States and North Korea. The german chancellor Angela Merkel wast just re-elected to power, but the internal political winds are changing in Europe.
In Local News: A local man who was sent to prison for a high visibility crime is going to get a retrial. A motorcyclists died after an accident and his motorcycle exploded!
News Flash: None of This Matters
Nearly every news story either: A) does not significantly impact you, or B) is something you have no control over.
The disasters, death tolls, and latest scare typically become irrelevant as soon as you turn off the TV. Most of the laws that politicians argue over, or international affairs end up having the smallest effect on your life.
If a story on the news is something that impacts your life, it’s likely there is little control you have over the situation. News about wars, the economy and major legislation may have SOME impact on your life, but what can you do about them? Realizing that those major events are not much in your control, the best thing to do is focus your energy on things that are.
The news is this strange phnenomon that attracts people on a daily basis to sit and expose themselves to stressful thoughts. When I do my morning run through my neighborhood, I can see the soft glow of TVs on, with the news channels playing. Political turmoil, local crime activity, natural disasters, etc, etc. All of these stories on suffering and potential problems, and all for what?
When It Doesn’t Effect You
The stories at the top of the page? I’d be willing to bet that a year from now, they don’t matter. And even if the topic of the story leads into something bigger, what did I gain by keeping up with the daily drip of information related to it?
Simple living is about finding what is essential in your life, and the news is almost never essential.
It is important to be informed when making decisions regarding investments, voting, and other societal responsibilities. However, you don’t need to
watch expose yourself to the news to be informed. You can choose to read up and educate yourself on specific topics when they become relevant to your life.