World Affairs

Can I get a pass on needing to care about all of the depressing stuff that's happening around the world right now? Sure, it might sound selfish, but I think I have my right to ignore all of that and just focus on my own life. Right?

Maybe I don't. I get the feeling there's some sort of obligation we all have to stay informed about the endangered animals and wars and everything. It's like we're required to be overrun by the world because even if things are going well for us, they might not be for someone else and who are we to ignore it.

I just want a few minutes where I can enjoy what I've been given.

It's not that I don't care about everything that's going on. Net neutrality and the thing at Penn State and the elections and the hundreds of thousands of other things are important. I'm not denying any of that. I just want to be okay for a while.

This is so selfish of me to ask. I'm not denying it. I'm well aware of my own sickness in asking for this. I just think we're all allowed to be selfish time and again. When we need it. When it helps keep us sane and functioning and well.

Of course, I know I won't be able to avoid the news. I have Facebook. I have Twitter. I have an iPhone and a computer and a radio and a TV. One way or another, all the information is getting to me. I set up my life that way.

That's okay though. I shouldn't be kept from it. I should find a way that the needs and hurts of others can operate within my life without destroying it completely.

For now, I just don't know what that way is. I'm too young to come out from under this rock just yet.