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Feeling fear during this strange time?  Checking the news for reassurance and only experiencing further fear?  Today Nate and Arron sit down with Christine Dente to try to unpack some solutions to engage information with better choices and more wisdom. Check out Christine's website Finding Life in the Bigger Story at https://christinedenteoutofthegrey.com 

Some of the proposed ideas to consider were:

1. Consider the message: does the headline incite fear? Does the information smell like clickbait? 
 
2. Consider the purpose: Is it grim entertainment? Grisly voyeurism?  Why is it written and why do you want to read it?
 
3. Consider your filters: are you willing to open your mind, humble yourself, ditch confirmation bias and deal with the cognitive dissonance? 
 
4. Consider your interests: choose a specialty then dive deep. Can you become an expert on one issue?  Can you become such an expert without judging others for not having the same interests?
 
5. Consider the dosage: How many hours are you spending imbibing information and attitudes that can saturate the soul. Is meditating on these ideas helpful or beneficial to your soul?  Do they increase your love and compassion, or do they make you afraid and angry?
 
6. Consider the agenda:  Follow the money. What is the underlying ideology? Is it hidden or obvious? Is the bias showing?
 
7. Consider the alternatives: Podcasts and other long-form, unedited conversations offer a format for engaging issues on a deeper level. Can you hang?
 
8. Consider the times: be selective with the time of day and amount of intake. Can you control your information exposure in a healthy way?  
 
9. Consider the sensation: Wait 48 hours before believing the worst. Often, the sensational news is refuted within 48 hours. 
 
10. Consider the source: Read the original documents or watch the original video footage instead of someone’s interpretation.  
 
11. Consider the angles: Read and listen to people on all sides of an issue. This gives a balanced perspective and a clearer picture of what’s going on. Is the truth closer to the middle?
 
 
OUTRAGE PORN

Check two three
Baby take a tip from me
There is a storm headed here
And if you want to live in fear
Then tune on in

Every tear shed earns a grin

Check three four
Baby, better lock your doors
Cause if you want to get caught
All you gotta do is stop
And then you die

Something will kill you if you try

Check five six
Gonna show you some new tricks
I search the world for a fear
Sell you outrage and a beer
And watch you hide

Take all your toys and go inside

JUST TRUST ME
I KNOW WHAT YOU NEED DEAR
I DON’T MEAN YOU HARM HERE
CLOSE YOUR EYES TAKE MY HAND
LISTEN, I’VE GOT NEWS TO TAKE YOU
TO EXTREMES AND PASSION YOUR REAL LIFE
NEVER CAN

Stand, Kneel, Crawl
I’ve got outrage porn for all
Viruses politics
Lairs and the lunatics
And then you fall

Facedown make me your god your all

Here’s my take
Quick facts on instant bake
You don’t need to do the work
I know you’ll love my  line

The parties rollin’ here full time

JUST TRUST ME
I KNOW WHAT YOU NEED DEAR
I DON’T MEAN YOU HARM HERE
CLOSE YOUR EYES TAKE MY HAND
LISTEN, I’VE GOT NEWS TO TAKE YOU
TO EXTREMES AND PASSION YOUR REAL LIFE
NEVER CAN

 
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