We turn on the TV to get showered with fear: information about CoVid-19 ravaging populations and economies; political scheming and dealing (both sides); international finger-pointing;, violent acts vaguely justified as getting-even; and sometimes eloquent reporting simply describing "bad-manners".
Last night we watched something different. A tv documentary about Garry Marshall who was inclined to produce entertainment based upon fun, families, friendships, (Happy Days, Lavern and Shirley, Mork and Mindy) which seemed to represent values of the '50s. He went on to produce touching romantic movies (Pretty Woman, Overboard, Princess Bride, ). I didn't know that.
Where I'm going with this is that today's TV, facebook, and twitter seems fixated upon "winners and losers" rather than non-judgmental acceptance eloquently stated by Rodney King "why can't we just get along?". (remember him, and the circumstances?)
This weekend my 5th Moravian History blog is published reflecting a time in the 1500s when reading news of current events was balanced equally with reading "Good News" found in the Gospels. To illustrate this, I attach my drawing of the Kralice Bible, now regarded a treasure in the Czech Republic, illegally published in the Czech language by revolutionaries known as the Bohemian Brethren.
I'm not suggesting that we should disregard news of the current world events. I am suggesting, however, that reading the Bible or similar inspirational material might give balance to our current outlook, and tamp down any tendency to stoke anger.