Friday, 24 September 2010
I follow the news. A lot. And maybe it's bad for my health.
Let me explain: There is not one day that I check the local (Belgian) newssites in the morning, the local newspapers or hear the local news on the radio that I 'm not struck by the idea that something is going terribly wrong in our society.
Am I the only one to have this gut feeling?
Lately, I am following the formation negotiations for the Belgian federal government. The amount of crap generated by politicians (of ANY political wing), commentors, journalists,... is overwhelming. Mostly, messages are drifting on emotions created by those speakers and writers, it's emotional blackmailing most of the time. Because, in psychology, it is known that emotions are (still) the most powerfull motivators for actions.
But what if you create emotions, but the emoted people are unable to act? Then you create stress. Every day. And that's depressing anyone who is reading the news, and getting concerned about it.
There should be a system of responsibility in whatever people claim or propagate.
Anyway, the international news is not much better. I follow Africa, because I was volunteering there for 3 1/2 years, and it's not encouraging , too. Oil spills in the U.S. Flood in Afghanistan. China, too.
It doesn't stop.
I turn my chair and I see the little kittens in their nest, four weeks old now.
It almost makes my day.