What would happen if you didn’t read the news today?
What if you didn’t know the BIG THING that’s happening around the world at this moment?
Would you do anything differently? Would your personal values, and the way you take action on them, change?
Of course not.
We watch the news as some sort of “important” entertainment. When really, the news is just another industry that is vying for our attention and money (in advertising dollars).
The news industry’s product is panic, fear, and the novelty of knowing the NEXT THING. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an election, political scandal, natural disaster, or economic meltdown… The product they sell is simply triggering our most basic psychological weaknesses.
That’s not to say you need to bury your head in the sand and be unaware of the world around you. But you can, and should, skip checking the news on a regular basis.
Instead, focus on your life and those around you. Spend time working on problems that are within your realm of control. Do something meaningful instead of concerning yourself with things you can’t change.
Do yourself a favor and skip the news today.
This post is Day 10 of 21 Days of Simple.