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Why do we need news?

About the benefits and dangers of news

How to survive in the information age?

“Today, a village in the East of Ukraine was subjected to shelling”, “large families starving in Krasnodar”, “The State Duma made a proposal to settle”, “three people died and five were injured in the accident in the Northeast of the capital” the area has stolen ancient icons. ”

Why do I need to know about all this?

I do not command the troops in the Donbas, I can not influence the social protection of the city of Krasnodar, I will not help the police of the Arkhangelsk region to look for thieves. Of course, I can drive more carefully, but hardly daily reports about the number of the dead will greatly influence this.

On the other hand, often we just need to know the news. I consider it useful and correct when people follow the actions of the authorities, criticize or support this or that initiative, defend their interests, stand up for the unjustly offended and relate their plans to the economic and political situation.

The paradox is that, while welcoming such awareness “in general,” I personally do not see any sense in reading the news. All the experiences caused by the news in me, remain with me, do not translate into any useful thing. Spending an hour a day looking at the news, I do not become either an activist or an expert. I suspect that they become somehow different.


Rally against education reform October 11, 2014. Photo – pravmir.ru

The plot: Moscow drivers of expensive cars are covering the rooms with pieces of paper, so as not to pay for parking, and the valiant police officers are successfully fighting them. It is unpleasant for me, when they are deceived, and even in a mass order, but I am embarrassed – and nothing more. And I will never, like one of my friends, tear such pieces of paper from cars – probably, I am too afraid of people.

Robin Williams suicide. A wonderful actor, one of my favorites in Hollywood: “Healer Adams”, “Awakening”, “Society of Dead Poets” … Well, if someone can pray for him (for me, he is still too abstract figure). I can only think that no one is insured.

And so – with each story.


Robin Wilms in the film "Healer Adams"

There is no free news.

How do we pay for viewing the news (except for the time spent)? Do we need to talk about the most powerful emotional wave that we “catch” from the screens of televisions and monitors?

How long I could not calm down when I learned about Boeing, how I was outraged by the adoption of some laws, with what laugh I told my wife the curiosities of domestic politics … every evening she began to listen to reports of Ukrainian events on TV. And this is not just a summary; Modern news, especially television, is increasingly reminiscent of the “five minutes of hate” from Orwell’s novel. She loses her peace of mind, health, spends a lot of time … But does she acquire something worthwhile?

Media asceticism

In my opinion, asceticism is to cut off the excess. Ideally (which I, of course, do not follow) every news resource, every headline that comes to our eyes should be evaluated in terms of benefits: what will I gain if I read it? How will this affect me? What will I do with the received information? Is this hypothetical use of time and effort worthwhile? Such questions are the path to the wise use of limited resources: time, attention, mental strength.

This grandmother is not alone: ​​many of you have written that you are constantly worried about what is happening in the world. How do you handle this anxiety? What is your motive for reading news? Do you find in them something useful for yourself? Tell a blog post!

The following news is useful only for those living outside the CIS, the rest can skip it. The Foundation "Tradition" now has a representative office in Italy. The Italian organization is also called Predanie. Her accounts will be used to receive donations from people living in Europe and America and to pay for the treatment of our patients in the EU countries.

The opening of the fund will help us (and you, we hope) significantly save money and effort when receiving and transferring donations. Organization details are on this page.

Friends, I am very grateful to you for responding to the survey, which was in the previous letter. For the warm, friendly, sincere and sometimes direct and even harsh words that you wrote. I really appreciate your trust, support and honesty.

It was not without difficulties: within 40 minutes after sending the letter to anyone who responded to the survey, the email addresses of those who answered before were available. I apologize for this error, we have eliminated it as soon as we saw it – thanks to those who wrote to us about it.

I hope that soon new interesting authors and topics will appear in this newsletter. In the meantime, I also urge everyone to subscribe to the mailing list of the best media library materials – it turns out to be very interesting and rich. What are only 5 materials about Christianity in Japan or a collection about Islam and sacrifices?

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Matvey Berhin, editor of the mailing.
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