Why I do not read the News

I do not read the news because it is repetitive, dispiriting, boring and irrelevant.

Ecclesiastes 1:9
What has been will be again,  what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.

This quote is profound to my mind and sums up the very reason I have never, ever been interested in current affairs or politics.

According to an article in Wikipedia “The subjects of Ecclesiastes are the pain and frustration engendered by observing and meditating on the distortions and inequities pervading the world, the uselessness of human deeds, and the limitations of wisdom and righteousness.”

Well said whoever wrote those words.

Here is an abbreviated list of world news headlines from the BBC  for today:

  • NY’s top lawyer quits amid assault claims.
  • Belgian singer dies days after comeback.
  • Pope Rihanna dazzles at Met Gala 2018.
  • Revolutionary leader win Armenia PM vote.
  • Melania Trump faces new plagiarism row.

Here is what I would rather read about, although I will have to look beyond the media to find anything of interest or relevance:

  • How to improve human behaviour.
  • How to abolish poverty, hunger and disease.
  • How to increase happiness.
  • How to further knowledge.
  • How to transcend the limits of human consciousness.
  • Cheerful news as to the progress by anyone in any of the above!

And then there are a few who by luck or design have managed to jump off the hamster wheel of mundanity and have the good fortune and luxury to seek answers.

Who is it then that reads newspapers and watches CNN? It can’t be those struggling for basic physical survival.  It must be the unconscious ones.

Some of the unconscious ones must have good motives for what they do.  Some politicians must (one hopes) be genuinely interested in the good of others.  Some businessmen must be genuinely interested in improving mankind’s lot by producing fairly priced goods or services.

There is a good argument to be made that the unconscious improve all our lives by their very busy unconsciousness.

By pursuing their dreams of world domination in business or politics perhaps such people create the wealth necessary for research and development.

And yet I have a nagging thought at the back of my mind that all is not well with the world.  That a better order is possible, that loftier goals should be sought.

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