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December 1, 2021

Mandy Nolan’s Soap Box #172 Crying over the news

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Seems like every news story is heartbreaking these days, and Mandy just can’t cope without tissues close at hand.

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  1. Thanks, I hear you Mandy, but I disagree. It’s not immoral at all to switch it off. Switching off the negativity I think is the only solution.

    I witnessed the point of impact when my 6 yo daughter heard on the news “baby found in a drain” as the first words uttered in the news bulletin on triple j – no warning, no nothing, just those 5 words as the intro.

    I had no time to mute the station or do anything (which I usually do) and the heartbreak in my little girls eyes was simply devastating.

    Yes, the world in some cases is truly horrific, but that’s no reason that that negativity needs to fill my home.

    Parenting is hard enough without all that crap.

  2. The news can be like torture. A Christmas carol calls it a ‘world of sin’
    We have to take a break from it from time to time.

    I am diverting myself with a cassette of King’s College Festival of Lessons and Carols I recorded from the ABC (God bless and keep them) decades ago.

    PS. Enjoyed your session at the Court House Hotel at the Mullum Music Festival.

  3. I related very much to this one Mandy, thank-you. I experience either tears or rage when hearing/reading news and like you struggle as to what to do. I’ve tried to turn it off but it does feel like the wrong thing to do…putting one’s head in the sand, particularly if you feel its our duty to positively participate in making our world a better place. And it feels unethical to say, well I’m happy and so I don’t want other peoples experiences/opinions to spoil my happiness.

    On the other hand looking after our own well-being is also essential and there’s only so much crap we can take in before we are overloaded. Another of life’s conundrums I guess.


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