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Time to stop and think about things a bit more

I can go to YouTube and just type, 'Hurricane Maria' and I will get so many suggested videos that I have a difficult time finding one that is original, relevant and recent.

So after I realized the redundancy on that particular subject, I realized all I really needed to do was to type it in a Google search and look at relevant articles by NOAA or any number of news sources like ABC news, CNN or Fox.

Enough already!

I have seen the way they report the news on these hurricanes. They are basically showing yesterday's weather news reports with short takes of video streams showing the winds and waters rising and the people in a state of panic. The news about the hurricanes of this past August and early to mid-September have revealed some obvious patterns. The warm waters of the Atlantic are the breeding waters for super storms. Nothing new except for the fact that the doomsday YouTube contributors often try to tie in these tropical storms as a sign of the End of Times. Well, its easy to see how a person might feel this way by watching all the most recent footage about these destructive storms. But my advice is, to not watch too many of these alarming videos because they can make you actually feel like the world is coming to an abrupt end.

Now what? Do I just ignore the things I see about the hurricanes?

Not exactly. It is good to stay updated on the weather as it does directly or even indirectly affect our lives when we live in the areas hit by these monster storms. But, to just dwell on them day in day out, is not recommended, if we want to keep our wits about us and carry on with our own lives. I simply try to stay posted by watching the weather man's take on things on television by watching the local news report.

YouTube videos about hurricanes can often be overwhelming and negative.

By trying to remain positive, I find it necessary to spend less time watching those live videos from the major news groups and spend more quality time doing the things that matter most which has nothing to do with the internet at all. I personally have 6 books I am trying to read and if I do that more, you will be seeing me lots less here at this site and at the other sites I write on. I get no pleasure from writing about hurricanes nor watching videos on them but I do know I can't just ignore the news about them either. I will have to find a way to balance my time more wisely and spend more time off-line than online. What will be is in God's merciful hands anyway. Who am I to be the one dispensing doom and gloom. If knowledge is power, then I have gained enough knowledge to know that ignorance is indeed bliss, for a short time anyway.

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MegL wrote on September 18, 2017, 7:18 PM

Yes, there is a gloomy kind of addiction in watching the forces of nature dealing out death and destruction but it doesn't actually help us in our day to day living. As you say, keep up to date with weather and other forecasts that will affect you: and as for the rest, apart from doing what you can to help those suffering from them, don't watch it.

VinceSummers wrote on September 18, 2017, 9:07 PM

Are you really sure the end isn't imminent, Anthony?

lookatdesktop wrote on September 19, 2017, 6:17 PM

I hope not but then I have to be honest. It seems to be getting bad enough to make me think it just might be. And it depresses me because I don't like what I am seeing. It is getting harder to take day in day out.

lookatdesktop wrote on September 19, 2017, 6:17 PM

Good advice. I think you are right. Thanks for your words of encouragement.

VinceSummers wrote on September 19, 2017, 8:42 PM

Here's the rub: the end is actually a good thing. The part where God steps in, anyway. Before that (alas and alack!) the nations mess things up royally.

lookatdesktop wrote on September 19, 2017, 11:41 PM

They are doing just that. Big time.