"The economy is collapsing," is the mildest expression of gloom that one hears these days on the radio. Newspapers and TV illustrate daily catastrophes with pictures of unemployed workers demonstrating in front of closed factories. Is the world coming to an end?
What is the common characteristic of this sort of news? In my view, the thread that ties those stories together is that they provide useless information. Can you do anything to help all those victims? I guess that your answer will be "Pretty much nothing."
One could argue that the sole purpose of reporting those nightmares is to exaggerate existing problems and induce numbness in the audience. Let us watch and be paralyzed, seems to be the implicit motto.
Reporting problems as allegedly unsolvable is not an approach conductive to finding solutions. Why on earth are you devoting your precious time to watching news about dreadful events which are not your fault and that are beyond your control?
What is the alternative? Is there an antidote against this poison? My recommendation is very simple. Turn off the radio and TV. Throw away the newspaper. Ignore the depressing messages that are meant to turn misery into entertainment.
Wake up, because compassion isn't going to pay your bills. Readjust your views to a more realistic perception of the world, such as:
- The reported catastrophes are often exaggerated.
- News are usually focused on those victims who lack any initiative and drive to improve their own life.
- The opportunities created by problems are not even mentioned.
What today is presented as a catastrophe will be often regarded as a minor annoyance from the perspective of a few years later. In the long term, your goals, actions, and persistence are the factors that play the decisive role in your life.
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