Many millions of people have spent the past four months sad and depressed. It is hard to watch how the world collapses due to the bad behavior of governments, and to see how too many of us welcome destruction and not feel desperate.
And still the human mind is an incredible thing. If we work on this, we can find good food from the terrible events. It – it takes effort – can beautify the spirit and point the way forward from the swamp.
I have learned three positive results from this experience.
Firstly, I completely overcame my long-standing dependence on the news.
I always loved the news, even when I was a kid. For many years I read Washington Post with my morning coffee. Then i switched to New York Timesand learned how to tease the truth from their biased but comprehensive coverage. Then i added Wall street journalWhen the home helpers arrived, I programmed my play for 8 hours (if I needed it) of continuous news: BBC, NPR, NYT and many others. It was like such a luxury.
The turning point for me came on February 28, 2020, when New York Times A podcast (which used to be my favorite) sent out a piece of panic porn that predicted that coronavirus would kill 8.25 million Americans, or “six of your friends.”
Suddenly, it became a shock to realize that they had turned over their main podcast in order to arouse the public’s fear of blocking. Explicit. That was the agenda. They more or less admitted it. At that moment I knew that the newspaper had signed up to contribute to a malicious conspiracy to conduct an unprecedented social / political experiment.
time led the way. Pretty soon, the mainstream media became universally banned, probably for political reasons. A widespread and mild virus, dangerous mainly for a certain demographic group with a low life expectancy and almost harmless to everyone else, was transmitted daily and hourly as a new bubonic plague.
I could listen a couple more days. Then I stopped. The scales fell from my eyes. I decided, suddenly and shockingly for me, to stop filling my head with nonsense. The News did not give me information to help me understand the world; it clouded my ability to think clearly. A few months later, like clockwork, the New York Times revolution was over when its editor of opinions, hired to diversify the views of the newspaper, was unceremoniously fired to diversify opinions in the newspaper. (A crowd of critical theories has discovered a new love for the right of institutions to fire people, contrary to decades of left-wing opposition.)
I began to get my information, looking for it, finding reliable Twitter accounts to follow it, spending my time on statistical pages, otherwise finding facts, reading history and studying myself deeper than just trusting the media.
The exception is here: Wall street journal, which the heroically executed throughout.
At the moment, I can say that I will never return. My addiction to the “news” is over. I feel better for that. It hurt, but I’m glad.
Some readers now say: time to go. The news has always been about getting eyes and ears and selling ads. This is just entertainment. This has become particularly relevant with a 24-hour news cycle.
I disagree. I had to give it up a few years ago. Even now, I can almost immediately notice the difference between the person who watches television news or listens to mainstream radio and those who are actually aware of what is happening.
In any case, I consider this a real victory thanks to a gracious ban.
Secondly, I saved a lot of money by not going to restaurants, bars and cinema.
I am sad for all the places that closed. This is unfair and evil. But from my point of view, I learned to live a good life, probably spending 30% less than before. I fell in love with cooking, homemade cocktails and reading again.
Things are good. I doubt that I will be back now that I can cook all my favorite dishes for the price I paid before. Now that everything is open, I may get to some restaurants, but I doubt that someday I will return to what was.
Thirdly, I learned an extremely valuable lesson that civilization can be destroyed in a matter of months.
It can happen again if there are no passionate voices that understand its basis and can protect it with the help of intellectual integrity, facts and rhetorical power. I never thought that this could happen. I thought that this was impossible with the Constitution, the tradition of freedom and people who would never allow depriving a person of their rights so suddenly and cruelly. This happened, and knowing it gave me a new passion for my lifelong project of love, understanding and spreading the idea of freedom.
It’s wonderful how it all happened.
The government and its supporters tackled a topic that the public today is largely ignorant and dangerous – the virus and the claim that 8.25 million Americans will die – and used this ignorance to force people to give up their rights. Although it was all scheduled 14 years agoPerhaps in order to find some justification for the constant and growing presence of the government in our lives, despite its growing inappropriateness, many of the supporters of freedom were taken by surprise and did not know how to react to this.
Many people – even people engaged in the work of “promoting freedom” – simply shut up. For months. Just when their voices were most needed. It was a tragedy. I will be eternally grateful to the pages of AIER, which sometimes during these months lonely voice of sanity there
This third lesson – to be grateful for our freedoms and civilization and never think that they can be taken for granted – is perhaps the most valuable. I also think that my experience in learning these lessons is not unique. I suspect that many intelligent people have lost faith in the news, regained their frugality, and found a new way to devote themselves to protecting freedom and human rights. In the coming days, we will need stronger and more intelligent minds to fight in the battles of the future. These terrible months may have been the preparation we need to ultimately triumph for truth and freedom