I get up in the morning about 6:00 A.M.. I don’t have a real job so I can get up about whatever time I want. But it gets light here at 6:00 A.M., so I get up.
The wife usually has the news on by then. I call it the “body count”. I hate the news. It’s depressing and totally negative. Who is it that decided that all we Americans are interested in hearing about in the news is who died or got killed while we were asleep?
I mean, really! How would your day go if you could hear some positive information on the news in the morning at 6:00 A.M.? Wouldn’t that empower you and put a smile on your face for the day?
But what we get on the news instead is who murdered who, what mass shooting took place in what school that we might have missed the day before, who did we or Russia bomb overnight, how many civilians were killed, how many psychotic killers escaped from what prisons last night, how many refugees drowned in what body of water while trying to escape a war zone to freedom, how many refugees were turned back from what border to a life of misery and death, how many planes crashed overnight and what was the death count, and most important, how many innocent people died of domestic violence while we were peacefully asleep?
I have to turn it off. It’s just too depressing. How can anyone start the day with a smile on their face, a positive attitude, and enough energy to change their world for the better after listening to that crap!?
Who decided that we need to hear about that stuff at 6:00 A.M.? Are they brain-dead or something? Surely there must be something good that happened in the world while we were asleep. Why can’t we hear about that?
How many governments made decisions overnight that will create a better life for their citizens? What new innovations did mankind discover that will make everyone’s life easier and more fun? How many miracle babies were born? How many towns were restored from natural disasters? How many weapons were destroyed because they are no longer needed?
President Obama appeared on the news the other day to ask why, only in the USA, do we have to have a school mass murder on a regular basis? Crime.
We wake up to reports of crime on the news. We get it again on the news at noon and again at 5:00 P.M..
People who watch TV on a regular basis can get more crime on most channels at night. Those who play games on their computers or on the TV set can get more crime, war, and killing since most popular games are based on those themes.
So you can literally go through an entire day without ever having got away from the subject of crime.
And in the shows that you watch and the games that you play, you can even participate in crime. You can do this on your mobile phone in case a TV or a computer is not available.
And our President asks why are Americans are so caught up in crime? When we are exposed to crime every waking hour of every day, how do we avoid it? I rest my case. We have no one to blame but ourselves.
If we want to get crime out of our minds, then let’s tell the TV networks that we don’t want to see it on TV or the news.
Let’s tell the FCC to ban computer and TV games that are focused on crime.
And we don’t want to read about crime in the newspapers or in magazines. We want to get through one day without having to deal with crime. Just one. Then they can harp on crime for the rest of the six days of the week. But we have the option of turning the TV off. Right?
What would that be like? Can you get through a day without knowing who got killed in the world while you were asleep? Of course you can.
Does it matter to you one dot who’s spouse shot their mate or kids during your day? Would that change what you do or think about during the day? Of course not.
Unless the event took place in your town. But then you would hear about it through other means such as a phone call, or talking to friends and the neighbors etc..
But com’on; you don’t have to turn on the news to find out what is happening in your neighborhood, do you? If so, then you need to get out more.
I don’t claim to be any different than anybody else. I’m just a retired old fart that is doing whatever I can to make my world a better place for everyone else.
I keep a positive attitude despite the bombardment of the opposite. I’m picky about what I allow to enter my brain so I either ignore or turn off all of the negative news and information that is pushed my way.
My focus is to make each day better than the one before. What’s wrong with that?
Yes, my day is not always peaches, roses, and cream. Bad, disappointing things happen. But instead of whining about those events, I get to work solving those problems in a constructive way. And my life is better for it. It’s satisfying. And the people, family, or creatures that I help are satisfied that someone cared enough to help.
So, in answer to President Obama, my response is the whole dam country is focused on crime because that is all we are fed everywhere we turn. The news media, the trade rags, and the entertainment industry are obsessed with crime and they want to make sure that we, the citizenship of this country, are obsessed with it too.
If you are as weary and tired of this crap as I am, just turn it off.