Unfortunately, my "media" consumption has increased since FB started posting their damn "News" feed on the side of the app; it's almost impossible to ignore.
I made a conscious choice years and years ago to avoid TV, news, and all media, since it is mainly negative and makes me feel AWFUL.
No, I do not bury my head in the sand (maybe an inch or two), but all of the awful events of late have caused a marked increase in my stress level and feelings of anger, helplessness, and pain. These are not feelings I want to increase in my life.
Therefore, (proclamation trumpets here) I am returning to my news-free state and keeping my eyes averted, physically covering the side of the screen, and using willpower and determination to keep the negativity out of my life.
Does my empathy decrease or end with lack of knowledge of the horrors of our world, certainly not. But feeling horror, sadness, despair, and anger certainly does NOT help anyone. Instead, I will stay connected to love, compassion and empathy; I will send it out to the world and do what I can in my circle to be of service and help others increase their own levels of love and compassion.
Knowledge of violence does not decrease violence, it only increases my awareness of violence, brings more violence into my conscious focus, and thus, ignites my own feelings of violence.
This is not welcome in my world.
Although I can't utterly and entirely avoid it, since I always get news from my social circles, I don't have to bathe my life in it. I Love FB; the purpose it serves for me is to enable me to keep in touch with my friends and family all over the world. I do not want FB to feed negativity about how much our world can suck, and how awful people can be––and are––to eachother.
You are what you think, and I choose love, acceptance, understanding, compassion, awareness, evolution, Highest Good for myself and all living beings.
...Small actions in a dynamic system will trigger vast and unexpected changes