Maybe it’s a thing about getting older, I don’t know, but I’ve been thinking about the average person’s relation to the whole of society. I think local society is important; that is to say, how you relate to people you interact with in person or in your writing and speaking. But then there’s this faux space of so-called celebrities and important people – famous people, if you like.
It’s a trope to say that we should not care about famous people, but even if you don’t fawn over them like some do, it’s almost like they’re always present in your life, like uninvited houseguests. Same with news of the world – China, North Korea, Russia – if what they do doesn’t affect your day-to-day life, why spend time obsessing about them?
Traditionally, I spend a slightly-above-average amount of time reading the news, but I’m becoming more choosy about what I spend my time on. Right now, elderly people get weaponized by news media, parroting conspiracy theories that can ultimately have a negative impact on their own lives. I worked with a guy whose career was destroyed because of his belief in conspiracy theories.
I’m going to do all that I can to avoid that fate. Gotta keep those critical thinking skills sharp. And, always, always question what I read and hear.