“If you resist reading what you disagree with, how will you ever acquire deeper insights into what you believe? The things most worth reading are precisely those that challenge our convictions.” – Anonymous

Interesting quote, isn’t it? It is one that was provided to me in the form of a prompt to get me to write. After thinking about it for a moment or two, I determined it is right. How many of us are not happy with the current state of affairs of our current legislative administration? Probably most of us, but how many of us are fed up based on what it is we are fed via the news be it the newspapers we receive at home, purchase on the way to work, watch on the television or see via whatever form of Social Media we currently use to access our news. Problem is – how true is most of what it is we are reading/seeing/ and hearing?

How many of us take the time to look at say a snippit from Facebook (news items are constantly popping up there) and believe it without doing more research into the matter. One of the problems as I see it today is that we are constantly being bombarded with news and I would venture to say that the majority of the news being presented today via any means is almost always 100% negative. How often do we see something nice that is happening in the world today? Not often I might add.

Perhaps we should all unsubscribe from the publications we receive until those in charge of publishing the news provide us with an equal serving of the good that is happening in the world today. I find it hard to believe that a planet the size of ours with the billions of people living on it thrive mainly on negativity. What about the positive things that are happening today? Surely in some small forgotten part of the Earth, someone – somewhere is experiencing “Happy” events. Why are these incidents not receiving the same treatment in the news today? Do they not report on those incidents? Are we so inclined to always be in need of a “fix” of negativity?

I recently posted somewhere that I am hesitant to move forward with this blog entitled “Lakeland Musings” due to the potential for receiving negative feedback (there is that word negative again) should someone read something I may post here that would be construed in a manner differently than what I had meant for it to mean. But – you know – I may just challenge myself to use this site to post nothing but happy, funny, crazy things if for no other reason than to have a place to go to where one can read an article and “smile” or perhaps even laugh at what was posted. Wouldn’t that be a novel idea? I know for a fact that I prefer a good dose of laughter at least once a day than I do a double or triple dose of negativity every time I pick up a newspaper, look at Facebook, or turn on the TV.

Stay tuned – I ain’t goin away just yet!

2 thoughts on “Too much negativity!

  1. Not only negative, but often very slanted, completely not true, or simply ‘native advertising’ being passed off as news. You have an excellent point in the importance reading and becoming knowledgeable about what we disagree with. We have a saying in our house when the news on the TV is especially awful or a beautiful gal or guy is smiling and flirting their way reading through the teleprompter of a horrid tragedy. “What would Walter say?” referencing Walter Cronkite.

    A well written and thoughtful post.

  2. Thanks JoHanna: while I do not write posts as often as I would like, I do try my best to make my posts informative and something that will give the reader time to pause and think about the subject being discussed. I appreciate your kind comments.

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