What is true vs. what is useful

I struggle with whether I should be informed about my country. I am an Eagle Scout who was raised on civic duty. But I believe that there is nothing to be gained from knowing about current events.

If I know what is going on in my country, what can I do to change it? I could call my congressman and my senator, but would they listen? Seeing as many legislators are refusing to engage with their angry constituents, I am not confident that they would. I can protest and march, but without a clearly defined goal, will this change anything or help anyone else?

I don’t think either of these things are worthless. If President Trump commits treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors, and a Republican Congress refuses to act, then I will join people in the streets and I will make sure my congressman’s phone does not stop ringing.

But until then, these things do not seem to be particularly in my control. So whether the news I read or hear about what is going on in this country and the world is true or not, it is not helpful to me. And it isn’t helpful to you.

Take a break from the news. If something crazy happens, you won’t need to read about it, someone will tell you. Don’t worry.

But this doesn’t mean I have to be okay with my president or the state my country is in. I am not. But I owe it to others to do something with my time and talents that will help them. It’s why I’m starting Empathy Through Story and why I am thinking of how I can help my community and my country. Do the same in your own life and this country can improve whether Trump remains president or not.

~Charles P.