Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews
Not following the news is not an option. Being dragged down by slander and recriminations is neither. Then what to do?
- Any headline, caption or paragraph that speaks of the scandal of someone, ignore. This saves a lot of time. This will not leave us naive. Just like we made aliyah (hopefully) because we wanted to live in Israel and not because it’s terrible outside of Israel (Heaven forbid). We want to vote for parties because of their strong points, not because of the weak points of other parties – imagined or real.
- So we also don’t need to know who can’t stand who. Most of these reports are false or spin anyway. The only thing we want to know is if the party we want to vote for is willing to negotiate a plausible place in government. We don’t want our vote to stand for just being in opposition.
- What helps is not to listen to radio or TV but to restrict oneself to the written media. It’s easier to skip over words than to plug one’s ears and know for how long still. Also, anxiety-laden voices and flashy picture penetrate much too deep into our brain. We need to be informed, not alarmed. Put up some nice music if you had enough of silence.
- Never believe opinion polls to reflect what we want. Rather, they show what the news outlet wants that paid for them. Laugh about the leading questions. Chuckle about the analyses of them. Or at least, be lightly amused. Anything but anger. Don’t spoil your day or your health.
- Laugh out loud when commentators and journalist try to turn politicians. Say: That would be the day if sports’ spectators and commentators would apply to join the competing sportspeople. Or patients with chronic diseases demanded a medical degree.
- Interrupt people who gossip about politicians by asking them mid-sentence (a tad too loudly): BTW, which party do you think is best? Don’t let anyone around you get away with kvetching or negativity. If they claim that they don’t like any in politics, ask them what stops them from becoming activists.
- Be insufferable happy about election time. Say: How great to hear that we all have an opinion. What a wonderful People we are. Looking at and listening to present-day Jews, you can still tell that the Hebrew Bible started giving everyone an equal voice. Be happy that we live in a country where politicians are wonderfully clear about what they stand for.