I made a conscious decision a few months ago to actively avoid the news (when possible) on the weekends.
I felt like it would be better for my mind and my soul if I allowed myself a break from bad news. More often than not lately, the news isn't only bad, it's heartbreakingly sad. I frequently find myself at a loss for words, incapable of understanding the gruesome hatred that boils inside of people.
I don't understand how someone can drive a truck into a crowd of merry-makers on a joyous national holiday.
I don't understand why the police in the US can't stop murdering black men (and women).
I don't understand why in this day and age, women still feel unsafe going places alone... why we still are so hyper-aware of our surroundings at all times and need to be super vigilant about protecting ourselves.
I don't understand why evangelical christians in the US (or elsewhere) think that they have any right to tell any woman or girl what she can or can't do with her body.
I don't understand how Canadians can feel so smug about how we treat each other (compared to what's happening in the US) when we have historically, and systemically treated our indigenous peoples as "less than"
I don't understand how in some places, it's perfectly okay for a father to sell his pre-teen daughter into marriage to an old man for a few cows.
I don't understand what has happened to the political system in the US ...is it going to eat itself? what will happen to us if a reality star actually gets elected President?
I'm fairly well read, moderately intelligent and I cannot for the life of me figure out any reasonable answer to any of these questions. Sometimes I feel like I need to pinch myself and make sure that it's not a dream or a weird movie.
When I'm on my self-imposed bad-news sabbatical, I listen to music and send silly messages to friends on snapchat. I read things that are enlightening and I hang out with my dogs. The break allows me a bit of perspective and reminds me that all is not bad in the world. It's just really easy to forget about the good things when you're bombarded with bad news all of the time.
If you're looking to start a little soundtrack for your own little news sabbatical, I can suggest including some Camera Obscura. I have been revisiting them recently and full on binged out last week.