Why the News is a Waste of Your Time – How to Take Back Your Time

Why the News is a Waste of Your Time – How to Take Back Your Time


hey everyone my name is Shu in this
video I want to talk about why the news is a waste of your time and you should
have quit it. You know time is precious perhaps more precious than money because
once it’s going it’s gone forever despite the fact we treat time as if
it’s unlimited we’re very stingy with money but not so
much with time we mindlessly hand over our time to activities that produce
little value for us why is that bad? because the more time we spend on
something the more importance we give it at the same time what truly matters
family, friends, commitments, expressing the highest self, becomes less important
because we spend less time on them by spending time on something you give it
importance so how can we spend more time on what truly matters we have to say no
to nonessential things however the problem is that we often don’t know
what’s essential and what’s not we do things just because we’ve been doing it
for a long time or because other people do it as a Roman philosopher Seneca says
until we have begun to go without them we fail to realize how unnecessary many
things are we’ve been using them not because we needed them but because we
had them one of the causes of the troubles that beset us is the way our lives are
guided by the example of others instead of being set to the rights by reason we are
seduced by convention the point is that we have to use reason not convention to
choose what to spend our time on. Reading the news is a typical example of things
we do just because it’s a convention if you think about it when do you actually
use the information you get from the news Maybe only when you have a
conversation with your friends so you can appear slightly knowledgeable. Does
consuming to news actually make you happier the answer is most likely no
because news is all about worrying about things outside our control which
actually makes you more stressed and anxious as Epictetus says: there’s only
one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond
the power of our will. or maybe you have fear missing out. Then you should know
that the media treats every event as super important even though most of them
are not many scandals today won’t be even covered again tomorrow we often fail to
realize how precious our time is and how much of it we are wasting on nonessential
matters then we finally realized this when we near the 60s or 70s when our
time becomes desperately short to quote from Seneca again it is not that we have
a short time to live but that we waste a lot of it
life is long enough and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for
the highest achievement if it were all well invested but when it is wasted in
heedless luxury and spent on no good activities we are forced at last by
deaths final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was
passing so how can we prevent that from happening? we have to actively decide
what to spend our time and energy on based on our reason not convention there
are many non-essential things that people spend their time like video games
porn or Netflix but cutting back on the news is one of the easiest and effective
ways to take back your time so you can spend more time on things that really
matter thank you so much for watching make sure
to subscribe to my channel for more videos and I see you in the next video!!

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