When everything’s a big deal, nothing’s a big deal

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When everything's a big deal, nothing's a big deal

… and that’s what I fund disturbing.

A cri­sis focuses the mind.

How­ever, in order for a cri­sis to focus the mind, it must be rec­og­nized as a cri­sis

noun, plural crises [krahy-​seez] (Show IPA)
1.
a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, espe­cially for bet­ter or for worse, is deter­mined; turn­ing point.
2.
a con­di­tion of insta­bil­ity or dan­ger, as in social, eco­nomic, polit­i­cal, or inter­na­tional affairs, lead­ing to a deci­sive change.
3.
a dra­matic emo­tional or cir­cum­stan­tial upheaval in a person’s life.
4.
Medicine/​Medical.
the point in the course of a seri­ous dis­ease at which a deci­sive change occurs, lead­ing either to recov­ery or to death.
the change itself.
5.
the point in a play or story at which hos­tile ele­ments are most tensely opposed to each other.

Now, if you browse Drudge, Meme­o­ran­dum, or Bad­Blue this morn­ing, you find the fol­low­ing (in no par­tic­u­lar order):

North Korea Launches Another Mis­sile, Esca­lat­ing Crisis

AMA­ZON now hosts Defense Department’s most sen­si­tive data..

U.S. Navy Inves­ti­gat­ing If Destroyer Crash Was Caused by Cyberattack

‘For first time in 300 years, there’s not a sin­gle liv­ing per­son on the island of Barbuda’

Add to those a myr­iad head­lines about the White House.

I have spent sev­eral days away from cable and inter­net news. Reduc­ing the cacoph­ony has done won­ders for my peace of mind.

In this age of infor­ma­tion, we are chal­lenged to find a bal­ance between infor­ma­tion on things we can do some­thing about, that affect us directly and that are per­ti­nent to our daily lives, and trivia that is a waste of time.

For that, one must use your good judge­ment, oth­er­wise, when everything’s a big deal, nothing’s a big deal; you end up either dis­miss­ing every­thing as unim­por­tant, or you go nuts.

How to develop good judge­ment, then, when for instance, col­leges are offer­ing coun­sel­ing to stu­dents who are trau­ma­tized by Ben Shapiro?

I have no answers, but “Think for your­self” seems like a good start,

think­ing for your­self can be a chal­lenge. It always demands self-​discipline and these days can require courage.

Self-​discipline. Courage. Ques­tion­ing dom­i­nant ideas. The chal­lenge of our lives.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin Amer­ica at Fausta’s blog

. . . and that’s what I fund disturbing.

A crisis focuses the mind.

However, in order for a crisis to focus the mind, it must be recognized as a crisis

noun, plural crises [krahy-seez] (Show IPA)
1.
a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; turning point.
2.
a condition of instability or danger, as in social, economic, political, or international affairs, leading to a decisive change.
3.
a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person’s life.
4.
Medicine/Medical.
the point in the course of a serious disease at which a decisive change occurs, leading either to recovery or to death.
the change itself.
5.
the point in a play or story at which hostile elements are most tensely opposed to each other.

Now, if you browse Drudge, Memeorandum, or BadBlue this morning, you find the following (in no particular order):

North Korea Launches Another Missile, Escalating Crisis

AMAZON now hosts Defense Department’s most sensitive data..

U.S. Navy Investigating If Destroyer Crash Was Caused by Cyberattack

‘For first time in 300 years, there’s not a single living person on the island of Barbuda’

Add to those a myriad headlines about the White House.

I have spent several days away from cable and internet news. Reducing the cacophony has done wonders for my peace of mind.

In this age of information, we are challenged to find a balance between information on things we can do something about, that affect us directly and that are pertinent to our daily lives, and trivia that is a waste of time.

For that, one must use your good judgement, otherwise, when everything’s a big deal, nothing’s a big deal; you end up either dismissing everything as unimportant, or you go nuts.

How to develop good judgement, then, when for instance, colleges are offering counseling to students who are traumatized by Ben Shapiro?

I have no answers, but “Think for yourself” seems like a good start,

thinking for yourself can be a challenge. It always demands self-discipline and these days can require courage.

Self-discipline. Courage. Questioning dominant ideas. The challenge of our lives.

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog