I guess we need to know about what's happening in our world to some extent. But I find it adds to my feelings of anxiety and deep sadness if I'm constantly hearing about tragedy and cruelty. I don't need to be saturated with all this news. I know it happens and am myself living with its consequences because my own loving and compassionate daughter died in horrific circumstances. I won't expose myself to newspapers - all of the 'popular' newspapers report falsely and turn tragedy into the equivalent of a crude comic strip. (They did so in regard to my daughter's death.) This doesn't mean I'm hiding and I do my best to help the vulnerable people at the care home where I work. I sign certain online petitions because I do want to be part of making changes. But I don't have a TV because I find it's very difficult to avoid all that oppressive energy coming out of it. It's just my opinion but I feel that we absorb a lot of negativity from seeing and hearing about awful things on the TV, and even from hearing about the endless political wrangling. I think we can store it all subconsciously, which adds to our anxiety.
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