I try not to spend too much time reading the news. I try to stick to just enough news-reading to be generally informed of trends that may affect me.
When I do read the news, I often find myself wondering. How is it that the world is so messed up? Almost every single person I know seems to be a decent human-being.
Then I realise I did a good job creating my echo chamber. Over time, I filtered out people who I thought were not decent. I got closer to people I thought were.
In general, I try to surround myself with people who lift me up. That is not to say people can’t have low periods, it’s the general attitude I’m after.
The down side to having this echo chamber is the sampling bias. Because I hand-picked the samples, the people I know don’t reflect my area. They don’t reflect London. They don’t reflect the UK or Israel and definitely not the world.
This is a tradeoff I am happy to make. It is important to be conscious of your choices, though. The world isn’t a great place, but there are plenty of great people in it. I’ll take the sampling bias, just give me decent people.