Covid-19 Joy (3) In Control
I have gone through phases where I had to turn off the television news broadcasts because they made me so angry/frustrated/fearful/incredulous that I couldn't take it anymore. Then, after a time, I would tell myself that a responsible, sensible person would watch the news to keep as much as possible abreast of everything going on. And after a short time, I'd be turning the television off again.
I subscribe to digital version so The New York Times and The Washington Post, both of which are rated as ever-so-slightly left of center. During the times that I can't handle the TV broadcast news, I continue to read those sources. It may be that I don't need anything more than that.
Unfortunately, another layer of news comes to me, unbidden, from Facebook where people I count as "friends" often share their own political positions, some of them citing sources very far to the left and, rarely, very far to the right. This hasn't been helpful to me. I've come to realize that my own sharing of my political position, my re-sharing of others' posts, isn't doing anyone any good. The occasional FB follower who is on the other side of the fence politically from me isn't going to be persuaded differently by anything I offer. Those in my camp scarcely need their positions intensified. So I've stopped sharing anything political; my anger/frustration/fear/disbelief are better dealt with in other ways. I've changed my settings on Facebook so that am no longer exposed to any posts from the few "friends" who are defensive or supportive of the current administration. And, as to those "friends" who mostly post things that are critical or contemptuous of that administration, I'm no longer seeing those posts either. It had become a matter of either making these changes or abandoning the platform altogether.
Right now, in addition to the political unrest, there are other immense issues impacting the world around me. It felt good to reset Facebook, one of the few things I can control.