Re-engaging with the news and reading current affairs has reawakened a part of me that has lain dormant for many years now, probably since I left the army 12 years ago. I think back then, I felt it was my duty as an officer to be keenly aware of world events. So I religiously devoured current news, world events, history and politics.
It wasn’t until I got a job in sales that I drifted away from an active interest in news and world affairs. Most of the positive psychology books discourage paying attention to the news. The news headlines were deemed to negative to be consumed by minds in active pursuit of a positive mental attitude. And so I drifted away from world affairs, politics, and history.
So this week as I submerged myself in news via the press, radio, TV and the Internet, I began to rediscover a lost love. And I fear, like Pandora’s Box, I have let loose a terrible and great evil into my world and I don’t think I can put it back. To paraphrase an old army cadence: I like it. I love it. I want more of it. Make it hurt, drill sergeant, make it hurt!