Are you one of those people who go through life believing everything you hear or almost everything that you hear. Most people fall into either one of these categories. It’s hard to imagine that I used to be one of these people, but no longer and now I am free to stand outside of the circus, with my eyes wide open. So I think anyway.
I hear it almost daily, news about something bad. It’s hard to imagine that people, listen and talk about bad news, as much as we do.
I think the word I’m trying to get at here is “thinking.” When are we going to start thinking about the things around us, like the environment, overpopulation, pollution, well I guess these are that big of a deal are they. What is it going to take, to make or force us to start thinking about our world, instead of sitting down in front of the television and gathering useless information.
Just a few minutes ago, my wife mentioned to me, that a jogger was killed in Puerto Rico. This news really does not concern me. If it does, why is this more important than the rest of the people throughout the world that are dying of old age or horrible deaths. Why this one person, why is this on the news, while other people that are dying, aren’t newsworthy.
What makes the news and what doesn’t make the news is all about politics. I’m not talking about government politics, I’m talking about newsroom politics. The story I just mentioned above is not that uncommon and I would imagine happens weekly if not daily. However this woman was pregnant and pregnant jogger’s in other countries make news headlines.
Someone dying from slipping on a banana peel in their backyard, doesn’t seem to make news headlines like a young child falling from a hotel window. I don’t really know if this is what I would consider important information to me. When they’re talking about the jogger, they never seem to mention, how often she jogged, what food she ate, political affiliation or religious beliefs [http://gregvandenberge.com/spiritual/power_of_faith.htm] and the power of faith unless they can add to the story.
If you want to get rid of the news headlines circus, quit watching the news, soon the sponsors will not provide support and we can start watching the news again when it becomes beneficial to us.
Theodore Rubin: “There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.”
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