I hate watching the news. Honestly, I do. I stopped watching the news on a regular basis (except the weather report) soon after Bush’s Shock and Awe invasion of Iraq in 2003. I just couldn’t take watching that on TV all the time. I was over-stimulated by the news and just stopped watching.
I do watch bits of national news on the weekends now, but this morning I remembered why I stopped before. FEAR. That’s right….fear.
Americans live in constant fear. I am convinced of it. And it’s because America is scaring its citizens. Through the news, through its politicians, through everything.
Take this morning’s news stories: the failing housing market, soaring utility costs, high gas prices, a forecast for high gas bills this winter, and a rise in skin cancers among women. No wonder I am scared!
Will I lose my house? Will I be able to afford to pay my electric bill? I won’t be able to take vacations, because I can’t afford the gas for my car. Will I be able to heat my house this winter? And gosh, I can’t even go lay out in the sun to de-stress, because I might get cancer!
I know that worrying won’t do anything about it. I just hate always living in fear. Or rather, being told to live in fear. Because the reality of my life is that I DON’T live in constant fear, but it is hard not to when we are always being told about how bad the world is, how bad OUR world is, and how perilous life is becoming.
I hate the news.
Maybe this is the solution to solving America’s love affair with fear:
[note: this post was originally written on my personal blog, and has been shared here because the content is relevant to the journey I have been on to reshape my attitude toward spending, saving and managing my resources more wisely. It is possible that additional edits may have been made to clarify or expand points.]