“Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”– Albert Einstein
Yesterday, I turned around to a coworker and asked him if he knew what was going on with House Ethics committee (I’d read a few headlines on my way in to work). He looked at me and said, “I think I’m going on a news diet.”
I like being informed on the world (e.g., removing my head from the proverbial sand and having something to talk about at dinner parties), but I’ve been wondering if it’s a positive anymore (I seem to only be addicted to bad news). If I read about a Donald Trump tweet here or a bomb death count there, am I really going to do anything to change that? Is it making me a more thoughtful, action-oriented person? No. I’m just more desensitized.
So, instead, I’ve labeled my 3 daily news emails (Daily Skimm, Bit of News and Next Draft) to skip the inbox and go straight to archive for the next month. I’m going off of Facebook. And, I’ll keep reading the Economist, but not the current events bits.
I’ll post again on 2/5 to see if it’s changed my point of view.
Photo: Tokyo, Japan, 2015