No News is Good News


I had to quit watching the news.  Something about losing my marbles …

The whole not-at-ground-zero not-a-mosque thing finally got to me.  It wasn’t just that so few people seemed to remember the reason that Civics and American History were required courses.  As a pastor, I marveled (in horror) at how Bible stories about God’s love and “who is my neighbor” were either long-forgotten or had become irrelevant to so many self-identified God-fearing Christian people.

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 themherenow” 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. 

I felt helpless and bruised.  I ached watching people of faith (any faith) killing each other, even with words.  I had gotten too tense.  I had come to feel too responsible for helping people “see the light.” I found little comfort in the news coverage, much less joy.

My soul clamors for more calm.  I need to breathe more deeply.  

Today I begin a 6-week news fast.  

From now until October 5, I have given up talk radio, news programs, and news sites.  I will not post on Facebook about news events.  Ditto for news tweets and re-tweets.  I suspect the world will go on just fine without me.  News of all kinds will continue to be made even if I am not there to hear it or see it or be involved in it.

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! 

3 thoughts on “No News is Good News

  1. 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!

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