I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from All Things Political overload. It doesn’t matter what news channel I turn on, it is all the same — fighting, arguing, sticking to the same ridiculous talking points despite the question being asked (BOTH sides have them), and at the end of the day no one is listening, everyone is pointing fingers, and NOTHING is getting resolved! I am tired and discouraged by the continual bad news streaming from my television at a feverish pace. Is there ever any good news on the news? I don’t think so.
What can I do in order to get a break from all of the negativity? Do I simply turn off my TV? Nah. I turn on Duck Dynasty instead.
I haven’t always been a fan of Duck Dynasty. I admit I was put off by the opening credits – flashy car, flashy rings, camo hunting boots…..the whole thing seemed pretty stupid to me. Then I heard my friends talking about the show. I knew people who were having Duck Dynasty parties each week. Huh? What is the draw of long hair, ZZ Top beards, and red, white, and blue bandanas? I just didn’t get it. Then I watched a show. It was okay. Still kind of stupid and obviously scripted. But, it was kind of cute, too. I decided to watch it again. My second viewing involved a lot of Uncle Si. I found myself laughing out loud. I don’t think much of what happened on that episode was scripted, at least not the conversations. No one can script Uncle Si’s brain, it’s too convoluted and random. I wasn’t exactly hooked, but I did set the recorder on my DVR.
Now I am a regular watcher. I love turning on my DVR and finding two or three shows ready to watch. I make myself a cup of tea and sit down for some mindless entertainment. I like the faith aspect. I like the family aspect. I like the duck aspect. Hmmm, reminds me of a certain website I know, minus a duck, plus a chicken or two.
So, for now, I am taking a break from news channels. I don’t need the aggravation in my life. I don’t need the way it oppresses my spirit and steals my joy. I need to stop trying to figure out how to afford my new “affordable” healthcare and the frustration that brings. I need to stop the emotional fatigue when hearing another case of anti-Christian sentiment that seems to be picking up speed like a snowball down a steep cliff. I’m not going to stick my head in the sand and pretend that nothing is happening in my state/nation/world. Instead, I’ll continue to pray and intercede while the current scandals in Washington unfold. I know how to turn on my computer and keep abreast of the day’s happenings. I just don’t need to pickle myself in the nonsense!
Checking in with Uncle Si and the Robertson gang gives me a few minutes of silly pleasure. It’s not educational. It’s not scholarly. But it is entertaining, which makes me happy, happy, happy. And that’s a fact I can handle, Jack!