A good friend told me a few days ago she’d noticed what a corrosive effect listening to the news at the start of each day was having on her. Because of course ‘the news’ is just somebody’s interpretation of what is worth talking about. And the choices that draw in an audience, sell copy, and attract advertisers can quickly give us a distorted sense of the world because they leave so much out. The ‘news’ after all is not the world itself, but a predictably narrow slant on it. It may be worth listening to sometimes, but we harm ourselves and our sense of the world if we take it to be the whole story.
Which I why I think Thich Nhat Hanh‘s poem “The Good News” is of such importance
The good news is that you are alive,
that the linden tree is still there,
standing firm in the harsh winter.
The good news is that you have wonderful eyes
to touch the blue sky.
You can read the full poem here.