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is ignorance bliss

by vagabond

I’m exasperated by all the so called political issues we deal with today.

In a world where hardly anything but harsh polemicizations remain I don’t know, where to go/what to do..

I think everything is flawed from the ground up. Can I just die.

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muspelhem 6/26/2020 - 4:20 pm

IMO, the problem is that two kinds of businesses profit from getting everyone worked up about politics: News organizations and social media companies.

So over the past decade, people have lost their collective minds. It is not their fault. It is not that the world has gotten that much crazier on its own. It is the fault of these two kinds of businesses, which exploit our curiosity and argumentative nature.

Anyway, the solution is to avoid the news and social media as much as possible. If something major happens, odds are you will hear it from someone else anyway.

Is it worth getting worked up over stuff that is happening a continent away? The news has such a negative slant, and who amongst us actually want to be that argumentative prick the comment section turns us into?

a1957 6/26/2020 - 7:40 pm

True. So true. I often think the news media is playing us.

muspelhem 6/27/2020 - 4:47 pm

I mean, much of the media is just people trying to make a living or turn a profit. And probably a lot of them genuinely care about their work. But it is mostly infotainment, I think.

Anyway, I have noticed that the combination of anxiety-inducing news stories and opinion pieces and comment section/Twitter is detrimental to my behavior. It also makes me more depressed than I think I need to be.

cannolongertakeit 6/26/2020 - 11:34 pm

I often feel like we’re living in a sick joke of a reality, a TV show. The news makes me feel disturbed and depressed. I have trouble understanding how it can all be real. I’m outraged by the immense scale of suffering but it’s as if no one cares. I feel so sad and lost in this world. I just want to die.

muspelhem 6/27/2020 - 4:52 pm

I think it is important to remind yourself that the news is biased towards whatever will grab your attention, and what better way to grab your attention than to scare you?

In a way, following the 24-hour news cycle may be a bit like sitting next to someone telling ghost stories for 24 hours straight. But worse, because what they are talking about is true.

It’s just not the whole picture. You don’t hear about all the places that weren’t bombed, all the places natural disasters didn’t happen, all the people who weren’t murdered, all the countries not at war, etc.

Some people actually argue that the world now is better than it has ever been.

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