There are so many issues going on all around us all time.
Religious freedoms in this country that was founded to protect religious and individual liberties are continuously attacked and mocked, Catholics are being legislatively forced to either compromise their religious principals or stop their non-profit services, Families are being torn apart as they try to climb the slope of society that just keeps getting steeper, children are being used in the name of science and ‘social responsibilities’, our elected government leaders can’t decide how to spend our money without ruining our money, people are continuously fighting against themselves in other countries, the poor are still the poor and the rich still think they are not, and will Israel ever be left alone?
And that’s not even a fraction really of everything else going on.
I like to try and stay connected to what’s going on in the world around me. I check out the Facebook and Twitter occasionally, the Drudge is my favorite way to get a wide variety of headlines all on one page. From there I jump around to different news sources to try and get a few different perspectives and facts on the same headline. I really enjoy, when I remember to check, the CatholicVote and Catholic Exchange and National Catholic Register for good solid Catholic perspectives on the goings on of the world near and far.
But I still get very overwhelmed by it all. Sometimes I wonder if it would be easier to just never read the news, or watch the evening news, or listen to the NPR or other Talk Radio programs. I could just be a mom and wife; never try to figure out everyone else and keep my kids locked in towers when they start asking too many questions about what they hear or see others do. I could stop caring about politicians and the legislators they are supposed to be, much less care about their elections and the legislation they vote on.
Maybe I would be happier and less stressed if I just gave up on trying to be aware and involved in the world outside of my own. Afterall I have enough in my own little world with my own family to keep me stressed and busy. But, I can’t. I just can’t close my eyes and plug my ears and pretend like the world around me doesn’t exist. So how do I do it?
How do YOU do it? How do you sift through all the headlines and legislative action alerts an injustices without going crazy?