How many people have you seen die or get seriously harmed, while you were scrolling through a social media feed? Our desensitization to seeing profound suffering among our fellow man can cause us to fail to see people as we ought.
Obsessive consumption of information is a dissipation, an indigestion. Let us eat slowly and chew delicately. People choke all the time.
I’m guilty of snacking on vile news for infotainment with my morning coffee. The sources I enjoy in this way specialize in brief, sarcastic presentations of the sorry state of our world in a way that risks making readers such as myself feel morally superior and very detached from the other side; the THEM. It feels good to do this; it’s cathartic in a way… but I do sense the wrong. It’s a distraction from my own shortcomings. And I really don’t like how tragedies are commoditized in this way to provide a brief daily jolt to schadenfreude junkies. Perhaps curating the info I consume through Substacks such as yours is one solution.
What your getting at is true. We cannot overload on the news. It creates an unhealthy pessimism. Police officers are always in danger of the very nature of their work. Try to keep the internet to something that is useful, but moderate the use of it.