On a political diet

A couple of days ago I decided to stop reading political news unless it is decisive. Unless somebody actually does something. If it is just analysis and opinion, or if the news is just that Trump said something stupid, I’d skip it.

I finally implemented that rule this morning and golly I feel great, much less stressed, and I’ve gotten a lot more done.

I didn’t stick to the rule 100%. I slipped and read half of two articles in the morning. I don’t even remember what they were about. Oh, yeah, one of them was something about how Trump’s NATO speech surprised his security advisors. This afternoon I read and shared one or two more.

I don’t mean to minimize the danger of Trump’s incompetence, evil and stupidity. It’s just that my reading the news obsessively, and flooding my social media feeds with it, isn’t going to fix the problem.

On the other hand, my reducing my stress, and freeing up my time helps me. And I hopefully will devote some of that newly freed time to political activism, which might help the world in a microscopic, incremental way.