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Can’t Think Straight

Have you ever experienced times when there is so much going on that you can’t even think straight? How about when you’re emotional about something? Have you ever been so angry your emotions took over and your mind froze? How about grief? Have you ever been deep in sadness and no thoughts mattered . . . only your grief mattered?

Side note: I haven’t had much time this year (2019) to write for the philosophical theme of my blog. Recently, I’ve drafted a few deep thoughts and debated whether to share them. They may be touchy subjects, but it’s in line with my theme, so I’ve decided to go ahead.

Back to not thinking straight. I read something the other day about the media and how it influences people (posted below). Their influence is targeted on emotion. This isn’t a new thing, as it’s been going on for decades. Division in our society is pretty much portrayed in media daily, and I’ve written about it occasionally on my blog over the years.

When I say, “media,” I mean local news, national news, international news, movies, television, streaming, and social media.

I’ve mentioned this to people before, and some shook it off with, “I don’t pay attention to the news anymore.” Or, “I don’t get involved with social media.”

There are two reasons why I pay attention.

1) Even if some people don’t pay attention to media outlets, they can’t avoid it altogether. Emotional seeds are being sown not only through news, but movies and television, too.

2) There are people everywhere who are unknowingly being influenced by what they take in from these multitude of media outlets. Unless someone is a hermit, we are in contact with others every day, and I like to be aware.

Over time, the media’s play on emotions affects human behavior, and people make decisions from their feelings instead of thinking things over first. A person who makes a decision from pure emotion, is not thinking straight.

How many times have you known anyone to make the right decision if they act out of anger? How about grief? When I was grieving a loss, everything else seemed to be going wrong, because I couldn’t think straight. My feelings took over and my mind wasn’t able to make clear decisions.

I like to be cognizant of what’s going on and how it’s affecting people out in the world. I also make sure to use common sense and discern.

I’m leaving a shorter version of what I read about the media, below. It’s from a source that knows how the media and entertainment works, and it’s a warning. I also posted a follow-up that partners with this topic and explains why I felt it important to address.

What happens when the news is no longer free from bias?
What happens when the news is no longer reliable and independent?
What happens when the news is no longer trustworthy?
When does media and entertainment become propaganda?
How does the average person, who is busy with work, chores, and family, find time to research and discern fact vs. fiction?
Are the majority of people more prone to believe someone in power sitting behind a big-brand “news” name?
Do people tend to follow the majority or mainstream for fear of being isolated and/or shunned?
Are more prone to believe something if it’s heard over and over again by different sources? (see video below)
Can media influence and divide?
Divide by religion.
Divide by sex.
Divide by political affiliation.
Divide by class.
When divided and angry, we target those “different” from us, instead of those in the media who are responsible for the division.
Divided we are weak.
“Free thought” is a philosophical viewpoint which holds that, positions regarding truth should be formed on the basis of logic, reason and experience, rather than authority, tradition, or dogma.

~ Anonymous Source

22 thoughts on “Can’t Think Straight”

    1. Thank you, Bonnie. I get it. I’m in that can’t think straight mode, too. I think many people are, and I posted about it again, today.

      Thank you for reading.

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  1. I do think it’s very important to be informed Lori, to try to make decisions from a rational place. It can be difficult to know what’s true and what isn’t – and though I think I can often see bias or the way news is ‘spun’ to give a certain message, I’m sure that I’m also being unconsciously influenced every day!

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    1. Hi Andrea. I think you’re right, about being unconsciously influenced. Thanks for sharing this point. That’s why I think it’s important not to make decisions from emotion and take time to stop and think.

      Hope you’re having a nice weekend.

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  2. Great post, Lori. Some people might say they don’t pay attention to the news or social media. But they have friends and relatives who do, and who share their opinions. So either way, you can’t really escape from the news of the day. That said, it is difficult to find sources without a slant of some kind. How important it is to keep digging and searching for truth in order to make an informed choice, instead of accepting the first opinion that comes around.

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  3. Lori, I think it is so important to stay informed and not just listen to the sound-bites that so many want us just to hear. A few times a week I buy The Times as that provides in-depth and comprehensive journalism. I don’t think the UK suffers from the bias you mention in your news programmes. What I have noticed more though is a general ‘dumbing down’ of the stories covered. When they finished the nightly news last week with cat faces and guessing their emotions I despaired! With so many critical and vital events in our country, the world this is beyond the pale!

    Having said all this, I do enoy time without news, social media – and this is usually my summer and easter breaks in sweden. Nothing like living without wifi to restore mental and emotional equilibrium!

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    1. It is nice to take a break from all media once in a while, but it’s good to remain informed too. I research everything I feel is of importance now. Not everyone has that kind of time though, so people will just believe what they’re shown.

      Thanks for sharing, Annika. 😊

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    1. How wonderful that you’re going to be going on holiday soon. It’s good to take a break from media. I took one over the Thanksgiving weekend, but I think it’s equally important to stay informed.

      Looking forward to seeing pics from your holiday.

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  4. I’ve always been one to stay informed, listen to both sides and make draw my own conclusions, but the media today makes that impossible by bloviating their personal beliefs instead of facts. It’s a disgrace. This morning our cable was out so I wasn’t able to turn on the news. I had the best day ever!

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    1. A nice break with your cable out, Jill. I took a break over Thanksgiving weekend. It’s good to take a break on occasion, but also good to stay informed. I agree, what’s happening is a disgrace. It’s getting scary, and I plan to expand on this in my next post.

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  5. My thoughts exactly, Lori. We don’t get the news anymore; we get a party line that we’re supposed to absorb. If we disagree, we risk being called all sorts of names. It’s getting quite scary! It is happening in Canada too.

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    1. It’s scary these days, isn’t it, Anneli? It appears to be happening all over the world, and many are falling in line with what they’re being told/shown. I plan to expand on this topic in my next post.

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  6. My younger son, who is 27, and his best friend are planning a “cleanse day.” They plan to shut off phones, TV, Xboxes, social media, everything to rebalance for at least one day. They will spend the day together, but not “consume” information. Sometimes I wish I could have a month of that.

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    1. Good for them to take a day of cleansing. I stayed away from the internet over Thanksgiving weekend. It was refreshing, but I do think it’s important to be aware of what’s happening in this social climate. I’ll be expanding on that in my next post.

      Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, David.

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