Tune Out to Tune In

Published on: August 27, 2015

Is our present day inclination for staying tuned to news just a mere necessity or has it already turned in to an addiction? In the mornings we grab the newspaper along with our bowl of cereals even without giving it a thought.We even flick the news channel to catch the ‘Breaking News’, least the world […]

Is our present day inclination for staying tuned to news just a mere necessity or has it already turned in to an addiction?

In the mornings we grab the newspaper along with our bowl of cereals even without giving it a thought.We even flick the news channel to catch the ‘Breaking News’, least the world has stopped turning or burnt itself out whilst we were sleeping!

When you think that 100 years ago people were lucky to read the equivalent of 50 books in a lifetime but our generation produces six newspapers worth of information per person everyday!!

Information overload: Scientists have worked out exactly how much data is sent to a typical person in the course of a year – the equivalent of every person in the world reading 174 newspapers every single dayArticle from DailyMail –

If starting our days with News was not enough we even return home to the comfort of our couch and flip the television back on to resume where we left off in the morning.

I think it is time to go on an Info-Diet!

There are one thousand dietary plans and ten thousand recipes for a healthy body but there is absolutely no recommended diet for a healthy mind. We just keep feeding it tons of information each day and let it fatten beyond measure and to what end?

I am definitely not advocating abstinence but rather promoting self control.

When we travel or are on a holiday, we are not so keen and eager to follow the latest news are we?

We just want to ‘leave the world behind’. When we get back is not everything pretty much the way it has always been?

I do not know but it is too much to read one newspaper a week. I have tried it recently, and for so long it seems to me that I have not dwelt in my native region. The sun, the clouds, the snow, the trees say not so much to me. You cannot serve two masters. It requires more than a day’s devotion to know and to possess the wealth of a day. – Henry David Thoreau

One day in a week,switch off the television and chuck the remote. Avoid reading the newspapers. Do something fun and different. Do some gardening. Go for a drive. Cook a gourmet meal. Lay back and read the book you have always wanted to read. Listen to your favorite music. (For Music I highly recommend PANDORA, a radio station which plays music to your taste or mood)

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re mis-informed.” ― Mark Twain
“A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.” ― H.L. Mencken
“News is what a chap who doesn’t care much about anything wants to read.” ― Evelyn Waugh, Scoop
“We read the weird tales in newspapers to crowd out the even weirder stuff inside us.” ― Alain de Botton

I have backpacked for months without having once read the papers or followed the news. I daresay I did not miss much. I have gone sailing for months at a stretch without any media feed and have returned home to find everything pretty much the way it was. And I believe my mind has thrived in these quiet periods, devoid of world news and current affairs.

Try it. Go an an Info-Diet for a day to start with and then for an extended period. Slowly you will Tune-in to things that resonate more with your soul!

“Read not the Times, read the Eternities.” ― Henry David Thoreau

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Sailor, Adventurer, Thrill seeker. I am an avid backpacker who seeks every opportunity to travel and evolve .

 

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