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You've probably noticed the news isn't all that pleasant recently. I don't know about you, but sometimes, reading the news every day really, really takes its toll on me. I logged onto the BBC website earlier today and after reading just two or three words an overwhelming wave of sadness hit me. I knew it was time to take a step back from being so switched on.
I wholeheartedly recommend taking regular breaks from reading and watching the news.
Except, there's a little bit of guilt which comes with that, isn't there?
I've definitely noticed a bit of snottiness, a bit of nastiness when people admit they don't keep up to date with current affairs. Particularly among so-called intelligent people, there seems to be an attitude that everyone has to know everything that is going on in the world at all times. Apparently, being unaware makes people less intelligent.
I call bullshit.
Reading the news and keeping up to date with what's going on in the world around us isn't usually a pleasant experience. The sad truth is that nasty, nasty things happen on this planet of ours and you're mad if you think that reading about murder, rape, war, famine and the like on the daily basis isn't going to have an affect on your psyche.
For a while, I worried that it was a sign of privilege that I am in a position where I can simply switch off and avoid the news and well, it absolutely is a sign privilege. However, just because we have privilege, it doesn't mean we shouldn't exercise it.
Everyone has the right to do what is best for themselves and their mental health and if that means being completely oblivious to the horrid events that have been happening recently, then so be it. It's something I recommend and it's something no one should feel ashamed of.