I’m sure I’ve mentioned before my discomfort with “The News”. Call me a coward, but I struggle with the enormity of the hatred, suffering, and general nastiness we humans deal out and deal with on a daily basis, being dished up as entertainment while masquerading as a virtuous attribute; “I pride myself on keeping informed.” A long time ago, I stopped reading newspapers and watching the television news and now even Google has got the message (although it still feels the need to pop up “teasers” regarding the latest Beckham drama or Harry/Meghan, William/Kate speculation on occasion) because…well, it all really upsets me but, unlike other things that touch my life, I can do absolutely nothing about it.
That is, except distance myself.
Now Farm Girl is back in the main stream she’s being harangued to “keep informed” because, apparently, it’s what “educated, intelligent people do”. I’m not convinced but then I’m more of a history fan; Winston Churchill’s “those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it” to the soundtrack of Crosby, Stills and Nash “Teach Your Children Well” sums it up nicely for me. Just remember what happened last time or what it felt like when you were there and act accordingly.
Speaking of which, here we are, back in Lock Down.
One of our number (an educated, intelligent one) tells me we’re getting a bit of a hammering from the international press about it; that’s what got me thinking about the whole keeping informed thing. I guess it sells papers or subscriptions or advertising or whatever drives “The News” but (and I admit to not reading any of it) maybe it’s mainly driven by a little bit of delight in the little fish who “squashed the curve” having it rear up again.
Whatever the reason, we’re back to a spell of the quiet life.
Farm Girl is homeschooling the conventional school way, The Resident Engineer once again has her office in the living room, The Bean Counter’s workplace is gleaming, The Farmer is getting home from his evening job (his day work is unable to operate at level 4) before the rest of us retire for the night and I…mainly I have to remember not to sing too loudly as I go about my day because nothing is more embarrassing than a warbling homesteader interrupting your Zoom meeting. Oops.
Now, news I believe worth broadcasting is the rise in population of our sheep flock. Born yesterday morning to our flock boss, Ivy, a boy and a girl, Mum and kids well.
More timewasters…just when we have a bit of an overabundance of it!