In trying to understand what’s going on in the world, I take in quite a bit of the headlines on various topics. Trouble is these headlines tell a narrative that I may or may not believe. For instance, is Omicron peaking or not? I understand that news media like any business have to sell newspaper to survive. But what is really going on?
As long as I keep an open mind, I am okay to be vulnerable to influences in exchange for a better understanding. This caveat is however easier said than done. Because at times I get caught up in the narratives and allow them to dominate my thought or mood. In other words, I get suckered.
Truth be told that the news media report on the world, but they are not the world. There are many sides to a story. Even the trusted sources can at best represent only a subset of it. Their viewpoints should always be examined with a gut check, Does it make sense by bouncing against our own understanding.
If it does not, do more homework. Chances are more is untold.
How do you gauge your reality?