Turn off the news

I saw the below on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/HealthFreedoms). It touched me in a different way, seeing the names of victims with their ages. It’s much easier to feel outrage at a killer, a monster. I feel compassion for the families who now have to live on, to put the pieces together somehow, to figure out what to do with this.
During my meditations I am sending healing and white light to those affected by this tragedy, and to our society as well; I hope that we can find a way to take something from this event that will bring more peace to our world.


Morgan Freeman’s brilliant take on what happened yesterday :

“You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here’s why.

It’s because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine? Disturbed
people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he’ll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.

CNN’s article says that if the body count “holds up”, this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer’s face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer’s identity? None that I’ve seen yet. Because they don’t sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you’ve just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.

You can help by forgetting you ever read this man’s name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news.”

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Charlotte Bacon, 6
Daniel Barden, 7
Rachel Davino, 29
Olivia Engel, 6
Josephine Gay, 7
Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
Dylan Hockley, 6
Dawn Hochsprung, 47
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Chase Kowalski, 7
Jesse Lewis, 6
James Mattioli, 6
Grace McDonnell, 7
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Emilie Parker, 6
Jack Pinto, 6
Noah Pozner, 6
Caroline Previdi, 6
Jessica Rekos, 6
Avielle Richman, 6
Lauren Rousseau, 30
Mary Sherlach, 56
Victoria Soto,27
Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Allison Wyatt, 6


About Reena Davis

I am a Neurolinguistic Programming Master Practitioner, Life Coach, Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner and Certified Yoga Teacher as well as a student of all things spiritual.
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10 Responses to Turn off the news

  1. Beautifully said! I will join you in sending love and healing to the people who are devastated by this horrible tragedy!

  2. herkimerlove says:

    the sensationalism of the media is why I quit watching the news, and television as a whole, a few years ago. Morgan Freeman hit a key point of the issue, right on the head. “It doesn’t sell.” If the media started reporting the actual facts, and focusing on the real people/important issues, people would turn of their televisions. Facts and real people (sorry, I’m not a fan of the “v” word), make people think… and in this day and age, when you start thinking, you realize that the world needs help, that you’re fat, and that you need to get off your butt, stop watching “the news” and Family Guy, and do more. (Generally speaking)

    I see a day where this all will change, and its closer than it sometimes feels. However, this is the way it is at the current moment in time, and it is what it is.

    Turn off your TV. There’s so much more to do, think about, and experience. 🙂

  3. jwdwrites says:

    This is so true. Of course if we criticize the news networks for their approach they will reel of the cliché that they just report the news, they don’t make it. The sad truth is that this kind of incident is exactly want they want and need.

    Much as I deplore their conduct, I’m not looking for censorship – just responsible considered journalism. You have to wonder at their agenda when you examine the way they sensationalize these incidents and provide so much publicity to these wretched individuals that guarantee their infamy.

  4. amoonfull says:

    Thank you for posting. This morning, my boss was cursing up a storm about the incident, mainly about the killer. He asked me how I felt about the issue. I replied with a sigh and an “I dunno”.

    I’ve been thinking, and I honestly don’t know. It’s a tragedy no parent wants their kids to live through, and really, nobody wants to happen, period. About the young man who committed the crime, i also don’t know what to say. I don’t know what his life was like, what his past entailed, where his mind was at… not that any of it is an excuse. But I am not here to demonize anyone for any wrong doing. I don’t know what the underlying factors are. Regardless of the fact, it’s a sad reality that now many family and friends are suffering from this massacre, and unnecessarily. These things shouldn’t happen. That’s not why we exist.

    I will definitely be sending healing vibes as well. Thank you for bringing up this point. I stopped watching news as well. Sometimes I watch local news to see whats going on with traffic or things that I should be concerned with. I’ve learned to filter out sensationalism by now and only extract what I need.

    Humanity needs to wake up. We are going to experience a shift that will bring some harsh but needed change and portray love as what it is, TRUTH and SALVATION. And I mean salvation in the least religiously indoctrinated way possible.

    May all the victims rest in peace and their loved ones find comfort and healing.

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