Time for a personal news blackout: Outrage overload

I have just been diagnosed with news overload syndrome, by myself, a mental health professional. The symptoms became clear when I had to mute the TV to avoid hearing three straight reports on the morning news. Donald Trump and now Joe Biden want to be my president, Hillary’s idea of national security sounds pretty loose,  and even Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog have launched a very trumped-up public breakup to boost ratings for their upcoming show. Also, I’m supposed to join the cries against a couple of medical folks who travel halfway around the world to spend piles of money murdering wildlife. It’s the outrage that’s getting to me. It’s toxic.

So I picked up the newspaper instead, and it was no better. On the very same page, I found quotes from a now ex-police officer who shot and killed a young black man last year: “Do I think about who he was as a person? Not really, because it doesn’t matter at this point.” Maybe to you. And from a Roman Catholic bishop commenting on a recent proposal to settle a long-standing child sexual abuse suit: “We embark on a new road lined with hope, forgiveness, and love.” Whose forgiveness are we talking about here, and is he in a position to be expecting it? So, see what happens? Now I’m outraged myself.

Sure, there’s good news too – the Duggars got canceled, the Cubs aren’t in last place, and “Empire” is coming back in September.

But as for me, I’m going to drop out for a while. I might not be able to go cold turkey. I may sneak in the first 15 minutes of CBS Morning News and a little touch of WGN in the morning, but no more, honest. Otherwise, I’ll be over here, sticking my head in the sand, communing with nature, catching up on a few projects, and reading a book. Who of us is going to be happier after a month of this? I’m guessing it’ll be me.


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