Are you familiar with the phrase to ‘Dance on other people’s graves’? We all love to do it.
Being constantly exposed to news media incapacitates you. We are asked directly or indirectly to experience the pain of countless others everyday via the media. This can be troubling to the individual psyche and continued exposure to such pressure may bring on anxiety neuroses. This situation of excessive exposure was recently verbalized exceptionally well in Jennifer Worth’s television series, Call the Midwife. And I paraphrase.
We’ve had more than enough in recent [times]. We have shed tears for ones we loved and live in the hollows they left behind. We cannot surrender to more tears.
We are leaping into grief as if we have embraced it as a form of recreation. We are not what we have lost, we are not what has been taken from us. You are all too willing to embrace the void. If you do not cherish what remains, you will become as nothing, you will be nothing. We are not broken; we are each as whole as we will ever be again. In the end when we have ceased to be, we will all become memories.
Under the misguided name of a community service, grief has become a commercial commodity of media corporations and an addiction of journalism. We each have our own grief, and that is enough for any one of us. It is not in our best psychic interests to feel the pain of everybody, everywhere. Endless exposure to other’s trauma will have your coping mechanisms stretched to breaking point. It is time to be selective on what you watch and reduce your exposure to events that don’t involve you.