Has anyone ever called you fat? Stupid? Ugly? Even just once? How did it make you feel? Imagine someone told you this 24 times a day, every day, for years. How would you be feeling about yourself after a week, never mind a couple of years.
Imagine I told you that you lived in a dangerous place, that everyone was out to get you, that the world is filled with hate, everybody wants to kill or hurt you, that there is not enough of anything for anybody, that you are unable to take care of yourself so the government better do it for you? Imagine I told you that 24 times a day, every day, for years. What would your home look like? How would you be regarding your fellow man?
Yet this is what mainstream media (MSM) does to us twice an hour, 12 hours a day, every day, for years. There is not a radio station (in South Africa), that does not broadcast news on the hour and every half hour during peak listening times, (I’m using 7am to 7pm for this). And every single piece of news is filled with hate, violence, fear and dissent. Every single headline on every single light post is bad news. Every single newspaper in every single province is filled with bad news. Every single TV news report on every single channel is filled with bad news.
It has been going on for decades. The result – well, just look at the world around us. Fighting, killing, genocide; unhappy, desperate people; a decimated planet. If mainstream media is to be believed, there is not one piece of good anywhere on the planet.
And is that true? No, it’s not. Every single day, millions of acts of random kindness are performed. People give their lives selflessly to save another. People restoring nature back to its former glory, healing people, feeding the starving, housing the homeless, helping a friend, rescuing animals, cleaning up rubbish. Do we ever hear about these? No. What if the world wasn’t quite as dangerous as the media portrays it to be? What if we only focussed on good news for a day, week, month, year, decade? How would our world look then? What would happen if you refused to listen to another news broadcast, read another newspaper or pole advert from mainstream media? Do a mind detox for a week and see how you feel. You don’t eat junk food all day every day do you? Why not take as much care about what you feed your heart and brain?
No-one can change anyone else, you can only change yourself. And that’s enough.
I stopped paying attention to the MSM years ago. It’s too depressing like you said. And also extremely biased and censored.
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And how far are we away from Bill Hicks’ sentiments coming true? Not far at all….We ARE free! This endless global war and terror needs to stop now. We need to focus on different stories or it never will. We ARE free!
I agree Veronica, the news everywhere, even here in Australia go for shock and awe, then as clock-work their last story at the end of the broadcast is always a “fluff-piece”, ending on a happy note.
Here’s a quote from Bill Hicks (Stand-up Comic) that I likeback in 1993. “You watch the news these days you know, it’s unbelievable. You think you you just walk out your door, you’re immediately going to be raped by some crack-addicted, Aids-infected, pit-bull, you know. Horrible news stories, you know… Pretty soon we’re all gonna be locked inside our homes with no-one on the street but pizza delivery guys and armoured cars with turrets shooting pizzas through the mail-slots of our front doors. Every house will glow with American Gladiators beamed in.
“We are free – keep repeating, we are free.”
The news is just apocalyptic. Didn’t you think with the Cold War being over, things should have gotten better. How many of y’all were as stupid as I was in believing that?
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I agree completely, but so many people just take what they have to say as gospel. What you resist, persists. If we just stop listening to it and find our own truth and good news, this world could become a much better place.
Ignore the MSM. They have adverts to sell.
As an aside … there was an attempt to tell good news in the past. It didn’t sell papers or ads. So, the old adage of “If it bleeds, it leads” came back to the forefront and stays there. It’s a bit of schadenfreude and a bit of human nature, but I agree with you … it’s depressing, discouraging and disheartening. Perhaps your post will spur some positive action. It has with me. It has with you. Let’s keep it going!
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