News, opinions and information are all around us. We live in an age of connectivity where we have everything and anything at our fingertips. We’re consuming more knowledge and information than any generation before us and it’s awesome… mostly.
One of the most powerful forces in the world is fear. I think we all know that feeling of having read way too much about a topic and we become paranoid? A friend of mine is a doctor and she recently purchased a book (as a joke of course) entitled “The Complete Manual of Things That Might Kill You: A Guide to Self-Diagnosis for Hypochondriacs.” A brilliant title and an even funnier book, but it proves a point about how much the wrong kind of information is making people afraid.
Feeding peoples fear has made many of the media outlets very popular but it really doesn’t achieve anything good. I recently watched a news segment entitled “Jobs Crisis” about how horrible Australia is doing and that 2,000 workers had lost their jobs recently. Nowhere in this news piece did they mention that unemployment actually fell nationwide during this time, nor did they mention that almost 2,000 jobs are added to the economy each business day. Why not? Because good headlines don’t sell well, but the headline “jobs crisis” will sell out by mid-morning.
It’s for this reason I’m very cautious when reading or watching the news. I know they’re biased, I know they’re telling me one side of a story. I’d far rather put my energy into things I can change and influence. Sometimes we need to shut out the negative voices and remember all of the good things going on around us and just be thankful.