“If we are not prepared to think for ourselves, and to make the effort to learn how to do this well, we will always be in danger of becoming slaves to the ideas and values of others due to our own ignorance.”
~ William Hughes, US Democratic Politician
The events in the past three months with the fear of the COVID-19 pandemic and the riots in the streets of Minneapolis, have compelled me to address the influence if the media. Our society believes you have to follow the news or you are ignorant. However, does watching – and believing – the perspective of everything they broadcast really make you intelligent?
Turning it off is the most effective way to lessen the influence in our world. As consumers we could also begin demanding more objectivity in reporting. Until this happens, I can’t stress enough that we all need to use critical thinking. There is always more than one way to look at things. Question everything. Pay attention to the messaging because the choice of words can be subtle – yet influencing. Observe whether they are impartially portraying each side of the story. It seems that most often, they are not.
If the death of George Floyd had been portrayed as police brutality versus racism ~ as being the result of a deeply angry man who lost control and snapped ~ would this differing perspective have caused mass rioting? Please, be aware of the potential damage messaging can make.
I know you, my loving and compassionate readers. You have been paying attention and want to know what you can do. It seems the emotions of it is almost overwhelming. There is something – do better and be better in your world. Be objective about what you hear. Treat people fairly. These responses will influence others to do so as well. Beyond that, it is not necessary to carry the burden of the world’s trauma.
Ultimately, I am suggesting you exert control and consciously decide what programming you want to watch. Make sure it aligns with your values. If not, turn it off.
Please read a previous blog related to this topic: The Virus of Fear