Dramatic news sells but it shouldn’t sell to you. When you don’t chase the drama and you don’t let the drama chase you, you’ll live more calmly and probably also longer (or at least, it will seem longer — just kidding).
You follow the news because you want to know what is going on because, without that knowledge, politicians and their works may seriously harm your health. And without it, you also couldn’t help repair the world, even on a smaller scale. But who needs the drama? We each already have our internal drive to dramatize. We have each our favorite issues that make us emotional and push our own buttons regularly in the hope to work through our past traumas. Why let also others push your buttons?
I try not to. Just like I try to avoid aggressive people, I avoid news shocks.
We only like gossip as long as we don’t really realize how destructive it is. We might like making up stories as long as we don’t realize how any lack of truth pushes our listeners away from us and isolates us. We may like dramatic stories only as long as we don’t realize how they rob from us having a calm life.
This is what I avoid when following the news:
Social media (this is incarnated drama)
Video clips with drama (WATCH how s/he/they died stuff)
Any TV news (the visual much too deeply penetrates the brain)
Radio news and commentary (who needs these emotional voices?)
Politicians slandering other ones, especially in election time (because it adds no information; you know that they play hate each other)
‘News’ that has no news (antisemite says s/he hates Israel — is known)
Anything that seems fake news (only the truth will set us free)
[Stories about sex crimes (I do read them because I had and gave so much therapy about sex that violence around sex doesn’t upset me and someone should read that stuff — but not you)].
I do follow all the political satire and comedy there is (except bitter ones).
You may accidentally get some drama on the way through media land — don’t get too upset about it or about braking your ‘abstinence.’
At first, this diet may be like starting to eat less salty after having become addicted. In the beginning, nothing tastes as it should anymore. But just as you got used to too much, you can get used to living on less. Less is more.
Try it. It’ll save you time and your soul. You’ll never look back.
For highlights from a wide variety of sources, all over the political spectrum, I carefully select what to read from a 24-hour English news feed from Israel here. Plus comedy and satire. Choose life. Lechayim.