Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thoughts that is forever blowing through one’s head. (Mark Twain)
According to the old Zen koān, things are not as they seem … (But wait, there’s more!) Nor are they otherwise.
Public media bring us news of all sorts of things. And we eat it all up avidly.
More often than not, however, the news is not so much a summary of facts as a report of reactions and opinions: shock, horror, outrage, hatred, fear, hysteria, grief, etc.
Truly, I see the world not as it is but as I am.
“Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.” (Aldous Huxley)
Our reality is compounded of thoughts and feelings, judgments and perceptions. The news is a mirror in which we can see our storm of thoughts reflected.
“If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it is because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the pleasures of illusion.” (Aldous Huxley)
“Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.” (Mark Twain)