The Morality of Ignoring the News

I really didn’t want to write about the election. I’m not going to say who I wanted to become president, especially since I wasn’t a fan of any of the candidates. But, I feel there’s something that needs to be discussed regarding the rash of protests and incidents following Trumps election. As someone with severe anxiety, I know my triggers. The news is one of them. I rarely watch the news; I didn’t even watch the results on election night. Since then, my stomach has been in knots because I’m afraid for this country. If it weren’t for Facebook, I wouldn’t have known about the protests that have been taking place. And my ignorance makes me feel guilty. But, should it?

Is there a moral imperative that says we must stay up to date on all news developments? I don’t think most would take it that far; however, is there an imperative to stay informed when injustices are taking place? From my standpoint, I’d rather ignore all of the negativity. As such a small person, with a limited impact on society, what am I to do to combat these atrocities? Is it my moral duty to subject myself to the news, despite the horrible feelings it stirs deep within? Still, I can’t escape feeling that I’m doing something wrong by not staying informed and ignoring anything that upsets me too much. Maybe it’s my empathy, screaming from inside because I can’t reach out and help these people.

I don’t think it is a moral necessity to stay up-to-date on all news matters, as that would just be impractical. Staying informed on issues that relate specifically to you may not be a moral imperative, but it’s your job as a citizen. However, for me, there is very little that impacts me, at least at this point in my life. You can call me a coward, and that’s fine, because it is in part true. But, I’m staying away from Facebook (which is worse than the news these days) for awhile until things calm down.

I’m sorry this wasn’t a very interesting post. It’s my first time writing in a very long time, and even though I’ve missed it terribly, it’s going to take some time for me to get back into the mindset of a writer. You know, when you’re constantly brainstorming ideas and the best ones come to you while your in the shower or during the middle of the night 🙂

I’ll post more, even if it’s just personal stuff. There will also be SEO rich articles that I need on my website in the hopes of scoring some writing jobs again.

Please feel free to leave comments, whether it be here or on facebook. I’d love to know what you think.

Thanks for reading. Until next time…

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