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Here's a thought, a quote, and a resource I wanted to share with you this Thursday.

I don’t remember a time when we’ve been bombarded with so much bad news.

One of the challenges of living today is that we’re made aware, instantly, of bad news that happens anywhere in the world. I’m not sure we were made to handle this.

In The Wisdom Pyramid, Brett McCracken writes, “It’s not that information of this sort is always bad or unhelpful. It’s just that the cumulative effect of too much information — so easily and constantly accessible to us — creates a burden that our minds and souls were not created to bear.”

I don’t know the answer to this problem, but I suspect it involves limiting our exposure to the news. Derek Sivers writes, “Ignore all news. If it’s important, there will eventually be a good book about it. When people ask you about current news, proudly have no opinion … Indulging is common. Refraining is rare.”

Another solution is to stay local. Don’t worry about the news of the world. Worry about the news of your place.

Both steps are countercultural, but may be what we need to survive in a 24/7 breaking news world.

Four truths to help us think about suffering:
  1. The world's not right
  2. We're not innocent
  3. God's not indifferent
  4. This life's not ultimate
(Sam Allberry)

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Thanks for reading!

Darryl Dash
author of How to Grow and 8 Habits for Growth