The Exile Continues

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Last November, I went on a self-imposed exile from the News, Talk Radio and News television programs that involve people screaming at one another. I thought it would last for 30 days. My family said I would never make it – I was too “hooked”. It’s now been seven months. 

I’ve focused on music and good reading material. Through this, I tore down some of my own prejudice and explored new ideas. I’m more at peace, less angry and frustrated and happier. This week I realized again why this is a good thing. 

I saw clips on Letterman, Leno, Ferguson or Kimmel – (I surf!) of that Rosie person screaming at some other woman. (I know they aren’t on a news show, but it feeds off the same thing.) This is the reason for my exile. Constant conflict is not good for the soul. I love a good debate of facts and ideas. However, when the debate is not about the facts or ideas, but rather who can scream or verbally beat down the opponent, this is no longer good. 

In a song called Belief – John Mayer says,  

Is there anyone who really recalls – Ever breaking rank at all

For something someone yelled real loud one time 

Belief is a beautiful armor – But makes for the heaviest sword

Like punching under water – You never can hit who you’re trying for 

I’m not good at compromise when it comes to beliefs. But I’m trying to stop using my beliefs as a weapon against people. Don’t hear more than I’m saying – there is a time to stand and fight for what we believe in. But with people, love and share and teach with gentleness and kindness.  

Godly wisdom said, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). You may join me in the exile from toxic people and angry fights. The world could use a break from the sword of beliefs. Lennon was wrong about that “all you need is love” thing. It’s not all you need, but its certainly that right place to start.

telemicus out

1 Responses to The Exile Continues

  1. J Neve says:

    Good thoughts……it is a touchy subject, but you hit it right on. Pearls before swine, or as my wife says, pearls before breakfast……..

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