3 thoughts on “Breaking News”

  1. Thank you for sharing this. The confirmation is about-time, isn’t it? It was about-time on 3 November. I hope you are very well, if tired from staying up for the news.

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    1. I hope you are well, too!

      The waiting has been exhausting, but it is a relief, too. It’s like worrying the other shoe will fall. And then it DOES fall. But it’s not one shoe at all, it’s the entire shoe factory. And you’re shocked, but not surprised. I try to remain hopeful for the future. New vaccine. (YAY!) New president. (YAY!) But I’m afraid that it’s not over yet, that the potential for more violence is still THERE, that things could get worse before they get better.

      In my personal life, I know people who are SOO ANGRY. They believe every conspiracy theory. When I’ve tried, “Well…why don’t we look that information up, see what reliable sources have to say. For example, we could look this up on AllSides or Snopes, just for giggles.” OMG! You’d think I was speaking blasphemy! I don’t wish to generalize, to lump the disenfranchised all together. In my own circle of friends, family, and co-workers there seems to be a lot of people who are afraid to question their belief system. They go to church and their church leaders are spewing conspiracy theories. Their political leaders are spewing conspiracy theories. People they trust are spewing conspiracy theories. And they’re tired and angry. Perhaps it’s easier to believe lies and than to constantly question the information being fed to us. Is this true? Has it been sensationalized? Or is this “news source” just trying to sell me washing detergent during the commercials? (Follow the money.)

      I think this is why it is vital that we develope critical thinking skills. That we accept that EVERYONE is biased and ask ourselves, “Why do I believe the things I believe?” I think it is important to read and learn about things that are outside of our comfort zones: History, science, philosophy, poetry, etc. I think it’s important to actively seek out diversity in the media we consume both in fiction and non-fiction. ☺

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      1. Thank you. I agree–we are all biased. Which means it should be a good thing (as a natural thing). Which also means we should know our biases and consider others’. Which means, yes, critical thinking. Thank you for raising this skill. Don’t we need it! I don’t know if there’s such a thing as critical feeling, though (if so) that might be helpful, too.

        I have a friend who goes out of her way to follow various media sources. Now you mention comfort zones, and I know her to be a lifelong learner, too.

        These should be new days, yes. I hope we curb the disease: decrease the sick toll and the death toll. And I hope the government gains some perspective from everything that’s happened. But you’re right, there could be worse days. Needlessly destructive conflict, both surface and subcutaneous.

        Hope and pray. Simplistic, though that means we all can do it. So good to hear from you!

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