Monday, April 22, 2013

Some Thoughts from Amy

Last week was pretty crazy.

I spent way, way too much time watching the news and following the horrific events unfolding in Boston. In the face of such inhumanity, I clung to the stories that told of first responders (both professional and civilian) that came to the aid of the victims.

Truly, the goodhearted of the world countlessly outnumber the bad. I believe this. I have to believe this.

In any case, I randomly found this video of Amy Poehler, whom I adore, and now I practically worship. With all the images floating around that leave indelible marks on our memories, it is certainly something to think about.

How do you handle the overwhelming amount of media you're barraged with? 


A Lady's Life said...

Americans don't understand the Quran believers. They have to do as they are told or die themselves.This is a very bad book fanatics can use to their advantage. You can expect more of the same if people are allowed to use it as a book of religion. It isn't. Look at this uncle who said he knows nothing about his nephew, suddenly know so much lol
See how the older brother married a christian girl to abuse her and abuse other girlfriends.
His religion allows him to do this.
Not good.

Brandon Ax said...

For me I saw the first stuff then I tried to not watch too much. I am just like that. I mean if someone needs help will do what I can, but I am just not into watching the same images over and over. It stays with me without that. I am just hoping they can return to at least some type of normal.

Old Kitty said...

I am just discovering the wonderful Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation!! We are like 3 series behind here in the UK but this show is so my favourite on the telly! It's brilliant and so so funny!! Love this clip of her too!! Let's just use our eyes for something else and give them a break!

Take care

Cynthia said...

Sometimes certain images I've seen on the news might make me concerned for the children who might see this.

mooderino said...

Life doesn't really allow for a moderate approach to media, everything gets chucked at you everywhere you are unless you have a cabin in the woods.

Moody Writing

Louise Bates said...

I took the weekend off from social media. I was just too overloaded with it all. And you know what? I don't feel like I missed out on anything now that I'm back today, I'm not frantically trying to catch up. I just feel rested, and more at peace than I have in ages.

"Stop looking." It's good advice.

Shelly said...

I'm so glad you shared this. I finally had to shut off the news, stay off the computer, etc. With the bombings in Boston and the plant explosion here in Texas, it feels like a battering every time I turn it on.

Linda Gray said...

Love Amy Poehler! What a thoughtful, intelligent response to that question, and so wise.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

There was a computer saying some years back: GARBAGE IN/GARBAGE OUT.

Sandra, my best friend and also a practicing psychologist, believes in Logotherapy: what you watch molds your mind in subtle ways.

I don't have cable. I get my news from Yahoo. I absorb the titles of the news and go indepth when it seems pertinent.

It is Man's nature to destroy himself. We will do it to ourselves sooner or later. Our life journey may be shorter than we realize as Boston proves.

So we should stop and pull out a thorn when we see it hurting another, make the path we walk the better for us having walked it, and be an agent of healing wherever we happen to be.

We should understand the nature of the media: Blood Sells.

Yes, there are tragedies like Boston and Waco. But as we drive down the roads today, we will pass dozens of everyday Moms and Dads trying their best to provide a loving, nurturing home to their children -- they will not make it on to the headlines.

Insightful post as always! Roland

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm at work, so I'll have to save this and listen to it later.

Yes, it was a long and stressful week.

Barbara Watson said...

I'm not much of a news watcher (more of a news skimmer) but the events last week had me watching. I think I needed to see people helping, people doing good in spite of the bad, and people working together.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I just try to limit the sources. I can only take so much.

Rechelle Owens, Romance Author said...

I spent most of my adult life working in public safety, being in the middle of tragic news stories like the one in Boston and Texas on a regular basis. Now that I have "retired", I rarely watch any news at all. My husband will usually send me a link to something if he thinks it will really be of interest or use to me, and family and friends will mention things via Social Media, however, I really keep myself removed from it as much as I can and I like it that way.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I don't usually watch that much TV. I spend a lot of time on blogs and reading. But I was glued to the TV a lot last week, especially the last night. My cousin lives in Watertown and lives not that far from where the capture was made.

I do agree it can get overwhelming at times. Sometimes I step back and read and watch entertaining TV.

Indigo said...

I stayed informed, but not glued to the media barrage. I think sometimes the media tends to sensationalize something horrific to the point we become desensitized and glaze over the facts. I try not to let that happen. (Hugs) Indigo

Jessie Humphries said...

I honestly couldn't watch most of it. I listened to news on the radio, but a few of the images broke my heart too much. I'd rather pray for them and then focus on my family.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I avoid watching too much T.V. All these scenes break my heart and make me cry.

Bathwater said...

Turn it off. I don't have TV. I get my information by reading only what I want.

Kelly Polark said...

Wow. Great video. I love how completely real and honest she is here. Another reason to love her. I love how she says "Give our eyes a break." We do see the difficult images way too much on media these days.

Phoenix said...

I grew up just outside Boston, so this hit me hard last week.

Amy Poehler is a breath of fresh air in a world that feels a little choked up and crowded at the moment.


Kristen Wixted said...

I live about 30 min away from where the bombings happened, and our plans for a family afternoon on Marathon Monday in the city were stopped because of the bombings. So I was pretty obsessed with this event too.
I happened upon this video b/c my niece works for Amy's non-profit in TX. I loved it too. Three cheers for Amy!

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