I had to quit watching the news. Something about losing my marbles …
I kept watching the news for evidence of a higher level of discussion, some bridge-building, rational thought, or “liberty and justice for all” responses worthy of “the greatest nation on earth.”
I began to hear the “We just don’t want them … here … now” reason sounding very much like the “ick factor” justifying homophobia and the “we’re just not ready for that … yet” of 1960’s anti-segregationists.
My soul clamors for more calm. I need to breathe more deeply.
Today I begin a 6-week news fast.
I will watch a little Stewart and Colbert. They are humor, people! I could use the laugh. I also will take some time Saturday to pop in on my favorite news blog, but only to catch the FireDogLake book salon with Frances Moore Lappe about Getting A Grip 2: Clarity, Creativity and Courage for the World We Really Want hosted by Christy Hardin Smith.
Today, as I drove around doing pastoral calls, I listened to lots of XM Radio Margaritaville. Tonight, to really unwind, I tuned into AMC and watched the first Nanny McPhee movie. And I blogged this!
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I applaud you, and I hope it goes wonderfully. Peace.
I think censoring one's own media intake is such an empowering thing to do. I know I've benefited greatly from learning that it's ok to decide NOT to read/watch/know something. Hope it feels peaceful to you!
I've heard it said that if we don't look at the news, nothing in fact happens…no doubt an exaggeration but not by much! Good luck with it!