News can serve our purpose or distract us from it.
News can help us to understand the pulse of the world and adjust our motivations for accomplishing what has meaning for us. News can instill in us caring and compassion for others.
Or news can undermine our motivations, feeding our lowest instincts for sensationalism. News can be addictive, preventing us from doing what we want and have to do. News can reinforce our bubble of beliefs, therefore, separating us from others even more.
It’s a matter of finding the middle way – our internal balance- the right media with the right amount of information, the right intention and the right action.
For me, the intention is to be as close as possible to reality, good or bad, so that I can equally appreciate the suffering and the joy of the world – with an increased sense of agency.
Reflective questions: How do you follow the news? When? Do you have a routine? Is it random? Do you under-inform yourself? Over-inform? Which media gives you energy and inspires you? Which ones drain you?