Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews
- Don’t watch TV. Especially not Israeli and US news. These reporters are forced to talk in an unnatural and dramatic way that should rile the viewers into fear to keep them hooked and glued to the screen. (This is not a must. In the Netherlands, where calmness is a cultural value, newsreaders and reporters sound relaxed and reassuring – you don’t need to understand the language to get the tone.) If anything, view recordings of news shows so that you can skip what is annoying or boring.
- Do not listen to the radio. The best current affair program and reality show is what you see around you right now. It also does not need hardware and uses no electricity. But, best of all, try to seek silence. True, you may hear your inner voices, but someone should listen to them from time to time.
- Do not click on links that read: WATCH: People being killed. LIFE: He shot six people. RELEASED: security coverage from the drowning. How sadistic, insensitive or desensitized must one be or become by watching these terrible pictures. Hearing people scream, bullets fly, etc. Do you really need these tasteless disasters etched onto your retina, engraved into your memory? Will this help awaken your empathy or does it rather dull you and make you indifferent?
- Don’t read so much newspaper or internet news that you can’t keep up with its negativity. Ask yourself how every particular report may be biased, to spot where you are manipulated into powerlessness and where into anger. In capitalist democracy the media are supported because they discourage people so that they become and stay depressed, powerless and passive and won’t get too excited about injustice. We can get livid but should not turn activists. Other programs to help create inert consumerism and passivity are sports, sitcoms, shows and entertainment (time killing).
- Have a blog so that you can fire back. The lies and dishonesty in the news can be so overwhelming that we should quite submissiveness and at least give our honest opinion from time to time. Try to write the facts or opinions that you miss. Don’t just write because you need it but also to help your readers. Make short sentences and short paragraphs. Write fluently and uncritically. After that, edit many times and ruthlessly.
- Organize. Don’t stay isolated. Team up around a goal to your heart. Become friends, not just fellow activist.
- Sing. Dance. Smile.
(Tomorrow a post on how to save the planet and your good life.)