Why it is Good to Turn Off the News Sometimes

I am pretty sure that everyone in the world would agree that it is important to stay informed. But to maintain sanity people may need, at times, to forget.

A truly balanced life requires that as a species we have to balance the concerns and fears that we feel on a daily basis. On the one hand, we must internalize the general message that arises from times of crisis but not get so deeply immersed with the particulars to the point where we lose our hold on reason and fail to support those that are most important to us. We are too accustomed to linking our humanity with the capacity to feel that we forget the importance of feeling numb at times. 

We must occasionally relieve ourselves of the notion that civilization will end in the following hours. To do this we could rise up into the space of our imagination, to a place so high that the events of these past weeks lose a bit of their power to affect us. Where even the most dangerous and terrifying problems are lost in the vast sea of thoughts and ideas that inhabit the deepest realms of our consciousness.

We could even try to visit and understand the news of the more simple and graceful creatures that also reside on the planet we know as earth. Ducks and birds and bees and lemurs and small children. Every single one of them wholly uninterested in our fear and pain. 

Living a completely sane life requires us to have the capacity and wisdom to know when the news has nothing new or important to teach us. To know when we have already learned its lessons and that any more will just serve to terrify us further.

Davi Lima

Davi, is a 11th grader. He writes sports editorials and is a web designer for the Newspaper Team. His favorite sport is soccer.

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