Wednesday, February 8, 2012
More Collective Compassion
When I open up my email on my laptop, I first have to wade through the "news" that AOL deems appropriate for its subscribers. Often, it takes a few seconds longer for my mail to load than it does for a few grisly news items to pop up on the Huffington Post feed. And often, I'm lured into stories that I cannot seem to turn away from, like a train wreck.
That is my challenge: to ignore the push of gore and hatred in our media. Everywhere, they're in our faces, pushing horror stories like drug dealers with candy-colored pills. I see it on the morning news, I see it on the front page of every newspaper, and I'm subjected to it through my email provider. All the while, as they spill the blood-letting details, they say, "Isn't it awful? Look at that child's mother crying. Aren't you glad it's not you?"
I remember that Eckert Tolle called for us to stop the perpetuation of hatred and ugliness by choosing our thoughts wisely. If we are allowing ourselves to read ugly stories and watch horror movies and let those thoughts seep into our consciousness, then we are actively promoting these acts of violence in our society. Why? Because...
Thoughts become things.
If we want to break the cycle of hatred and violence, then we have to break our cycle of interest in these things, too, even the seemingly innocuous act of taking a peek to say, "Gosh, isn't it awful?"
Here's to more compassion and a self-regulation of media that doesn't serve to better us unless it's making money.