Remember the movie, “Jaws?” The key slogan for that movie was, “Just when you think it’s safe to go back in the water.” That’s how I have been feeling about the internet these days, especially social media sites. So much hate, division and arguing going on, not to mention the awful news reports…children being kidnapped, devastating shootings, riots…and the nastiness and fighting over the US election.
Just Walk Away
Logging in to any news site or even social media can be overwhelming. Recently I watched long-time friends argue and become verbally abusive with each other on social media sites over the election and riots. Facebook friend’s lists have been declining rapidly as one friend after another would unfollow and even block another friend, all over a difference of opinion that got out of hand.
I am not just talking about internet friends that have never met. I have seen long time, in real-life, friends arguing and being very ugly to each other. It can and does lead to being very depressed by what you see and read every day.
It can make you feel like you don’t even want to see it all and you certainly don’t want to broach any of the subjects as a writer, because no matter what, someone will disagree and there goes another argument. Sort of like, “Don’t fuel the fire.” So, several writers that I know have stayed silent and away from it all.
Has it Always Been This Way?
Since I am now in the “Senior Citizen” classification, I knew a different life as a child and young adult. I never heard about all the horrors of the world and how nasty people can be to each other. Sometimes I wonder, was it always there but we didn’t have all the electronic communications to spread it as rapidly as we do now?
I think about my childhood, when we all played outside, rode our bikes and had nothing more to worry about but getting home in time for supper. If we turned on a television, we tuned into to our favorite comedy or a cartoon channel. Now, even children argue about the things that are going on in the world and they worry about what is going to happen next.
All because technology, and yes, even we as parents, have put all this knowledge into their hands via cell phones that link to social media. Children today are given the knowledge to worry about much bigger things than they ever need to. Kids are even arguing amongst each other over election choices, when the only thing they should possibly be arguing over is which cartoon or comedy to watch.
Walk Away for Your Own Sanity
I am not saying that we should all ignore the things that go on in the world. We need to be informed, but too much, on a daily basis, can cause an unhealthy overload to body, mind and soul. So yes, sometimes it is best to just unplug and walk away, even if you can only do it for an hour or a day. I have seen several friends and writers stating that they are “walking away” for a while. I have done it myself lately because it all gets to emotional and overwhelming.
I realize that many earn their living by being “plugged in” to the internet and all the devastating news that is constantly being published and updated. I understand that many cannot afford to walk away, even for a short time. We all have to do what we have to do for our own peace of mind, rather it be financial peace or inner peace. But it is alright to take a break when you feel overwhelmed.
It is heartbreaking to see the fighting, division and destruction of my country. Many of you that write here or that may be reading this might live in other countries. I am sure you feel the same way about your country at times.
It’s like a train wreck or very bad accident that you have to drive by. You don’t want to look but you do anyway. Sometimes, just maybe, it is best to take another route for your own peace of mind. Personally, I choose to walk away and unplug when it seems like the weight of the world is so heavy that I can’t take any more fighting or bad news reports.
How do you handle all the things that our world has had to face? I found that it was therapeutic to write about it just now. There…I have told you all my thoughts and feelings. Now, it is your turn. Are you stressed out by certain things in the news? Things that are going on around you in your city, state or country?
It helps to write about it. Blog Bourne members will listen. Just please, let’s not argue about anything, let’s just read and listen with our hearts as well as our ears.
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