Don't ever be one of those people that bury their heads in the sand Suzy, she would warn
And so I learned from this lady - this lover of history - to try to keep myself informed on some level anyway.
Enough to have a conversation with people about things other than fashion and weather.
I do not judge - my brain works in such a way that if I don't understand something I google it immediately - just to learn ( I used to run to my Encyclopedia's - not kidding - but that just ages me and at this point I'm trying desperately to stop that process with anything other than a complete face lift ) but I used to read encyclopedia's as often as I read Nancy Drew - and no, I am a far far cry from an intellect ( my brother inherited those genes - I inherited decorating genes lol ) but I am - always was - and I suppose always will be, someone who LOVES to learn.
Give me a documentary over a love story any time.
Give me a show on history - any history - over a game show any time.
Give me a biography on someone who made a difference in the world over a reality show ( please )
When my girlfriend's son was diagnosed with a terrible disease, I ran to the library - and I mean I RAN to the library that night and took out every book I could find on the subject - because I HAD to understand exactly what it was we were dealing with - ( after 2 liver transplants as a baby - he's a beautiful boy in his 20's today - beautiful AND healthy )
AND in the process I learned what Tyrosinemia is.
Ok so now that I've explained myself a little here - you'll " get " why I watch the news................
Canadian of course - American of course - and the rest of the world of course.
It would be completely alien to me NOT to -
BUT - I am officially bowing out as gracefully as I can at this point -
It has become the most depressing ugly part of my life.
And it's covered by some of the most idiotic newscasters I've seen in all of my 50 + years.
News is no longer reported - in a non partisan way - it's now fed to us in a non stop I.V. bag -
dripping into our systems so that there is no escaping from it, period.
And then if that were not bad enough - or insulting enough - we have 3 or 4 pundits sitting on a panel discussing and dissecting the story with their educated guesses on what may happen - what the reason could have been - how the outcome would have been different if only...............
For a mind that has a desire to learn - I now feel like the child who is being force fed - while vomiting up the last spoonful..............It's too much.
It's all too much.
Obviously when 9/11 happened, we were all glued to our television sets - for the 24 hour visuals of the planes crashing over and over and over and over again. And every single tragedy since then has been
forced down our hearts and souls like battering rams - threatening to rip them open because there's no room left for any more fear and grief and panic.
The left blame the right - the right blame the left - and we - who sit in the middle - and are just trying to learn something, are left in bewilderment.
BAD things happen - always have - always will - I don't need so called " experts " laying blame everywhere
nor do I need so called experts explaining their versions
I don't need pulpits - or daises - or masses of people screaming in the background
If terrorists attack - I don't need reporters to " guess " what was inside backpacks - or planes - or their clothing -
I only need you to report that terrorists attacked.
And once you have all the information required - then I need to know the rest of it - because I can
" guess " as well as any of them.
I simply want the news - and I will absorb it in the way I see fit, thanks very much.
24 hour news?
Not a good thing - in fact I fear that having images repeated over and over again can desensitize the masses.
Sort of like the medical field - where students are known to faint over what they see in the beginning - and build up a resistance out of the repetition of performing or seeing operations on a daily basis.
My ( now grown ) children have never known a world where news came on at night - for a brief period -
in their time frame it's always been about sensationalism and ratings - and they ( and most of their friends ) do not watch the news - they grab headlines from Facebook - period.
This is the story that may have thrown me right off the edge - it hits home ( a little too close for comfort ) because I buy and sometimes sell furniture through Craigs list and Kijiji ( which is the American Ebay )
And I'm always terrified -
And John always minimizes my terror -
And says I over act on everything
And that I always think the worst
AND then I read this
I've made a decision - and we'll see how long it lasts - but I am banning news from my world for 1 week.
I want to see if I feel better after I do.
I want to see if my world falls apart if I don't hear another horrific story for 7 days -
Because truly I believe, had my grandmother still been around, this lover of news, would be doing this today
You have a good day - and if you stay away from the news - I bet you'll have an even better one