Taylor Lynne Trentwood
We are inundated with political news. All day and all night we are surrounded with non- essentials as to who said what and why we should care with passionate intensity. The drum-beat of the dark jungle of warfare for power and control grows faster and louder. Searching this morning’s news , there is nothing available but the pettiness of politics or warnings of illness if one does X, Y or Z .
The health and well being of the public is directly effected by such an atmosphere at this one. The reason that there is such monumental and insatiable demand for the latest and greatest information on national news is that it provides a false sense of control to the reader. Human nature tells us that if we know what is happening and if we have the latest news that we are somehow safer. It is a deeply embedded aspect of mass thinking.
Yet there is another side to this compulsive and compelling seeking out of the latest information. It is extremely costly to the nervous system that is under appreciated by most people. We are in an on-going state of emergency mode by means of this unrelentingly exposure to supposedly vital information. To become aware of the almost immeasurable costs to our emotional and mental well being is very good medicine indeed.
As citizens, we must vote and we need to be fully informed in order to do so intelligently. That duty, however, does not require years of preparation for the one day of voting. It would behoove all of us to slow down and to protect and guard our physical and emotional energy with greater conservation. A constant state of arousal wears on the body and builds up a toxic degree of hormones and chemicals that wreak havoc with our enjoyment of life. Just something to think about. Being a news “political junkie” is still being a junkie. Addiction comes in many forms and we are seeing a nation-wide addiction of unprecedented proportion in this hunger for more and yet again more of even the most trivial of news.
A rest from this drum beat is as good as a Caribbean holiday right now. Why not take a few days off and let the adrenaline and epinephrine that is so toxic simmer down, at least a little. The illusion that knowing the very, very latest political news will somehow make you safer is just that; it is just an illusion.
More soon, Taylor