Toxic “Togetherness”

There is a mental and physical price to pay for long term exposure to negativity, anger, fear and hate…and when it’s woven into our social circles and daily interactions with others, the cost is even higher.

It wasn’t that long ago that I was not only a daily consumer of toxicity but a conduit for it as well. To protect my own health (and for the sake of family and friends) I unplugged from its most virulent sources: cable TV, twitter, facebook etc.

I’m still informed (and have opinions) but I simply refuse to support billion dollar media empires that peddle tragedy for profit or provide platforms for angry venting and “toxic togetherness.”

I also embraced the (shocking!) truth that people could make it through their day just fine without unsolicited lectures or cleverly disguised criticism from me.

Permanent outrage doesn’t even burn calories folks, so what’s the upside?

If you find one, let me know..

but in the meantime, spread peace.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Excellent post ! It is a wise health move to disengage from negativity ! It also slows down the aging process. 🤗

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    1. Cindy says:

      Honestly as a political science major and a news “buff” of many decades.. it took me a LONNNG time to disengage..but OH, what dividends it has paid. Now, if I could only get my husband to climb aboard the peace train..HAHA (remember Cat Stevens?)


      1. Yes, remember him vividly and attended a concert once ! I asked myself whether or not I needed to know all the news stuff, and decided I didn’t, and walked away from it a few years ago. Such bliss ! And no more listening to all that arguing. 🤗

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      2. Cindy says:

        Me too..don’t miss it at all. It’s exhausting to be in a constant state of outrage..let alone SO unhealthy!


  2. heyjude6119 says:

    I’m with you! My husband loves watching news and then “discussing” it with me. I realize there is a need to be informed, but I’m much happier without all of it.

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    1. Cindy says:

      Waay too much stress..and it’s just different versions of the same old stuff.. I told my husband he ought to try one week without it and see how he feels..


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