Well, yes, must see TV. But this is highly personal, Mitch. Is there a ‘we’ in this case? There are zillions of I’s and eyes and they all have their own reasons for wanting or having to know what goes on in the world, or not. And what exactly do you mean by ‘TV’? The daily news? Background of the news? Analysis? Educational programs? Sports? Shows? Serials? Documentaries? Quizzes?

I guess you mean the news part. You speak of the carnage. We (my wife and I) actually listen to the radio and read papers more than we watch TV news. The carnage hits us in the face every day. It is hard to avoid. In our house TV is usually off between 23.00 and 20.00. When it is on, we watch the 20h bulletin of the Dutch Public Broadcasters NOS. We often watch a few programs with background analyses and investigative journalism. Must we? Yes, we must.

But.

Must make music, preferably with friends. Must write, poetry or letters or any other project I am working on for the pleasure of it. Must read some of the blogs on Medium, especially satire, to stay mentally healthy. Must sometimes respond. Must walk or cycle in nature. Must meet some friends to talk about the books we read, the movies we see, our children and grandchildren, our personal histories. Must work in the garden, feed the fish, watch the insects in and around the pond. Must jump in my boat and tour a little bit on the canals and rivers near the harbor. Must go to the city and enjoy culture, people in the streets, the beauty of architecture and design of the city. But still must watch TV, the news bulletin.

Friend of life and beauty and foe of spoilers of life and beauty. Golden marriage. Grandfather. Pianist and micro poet. Dutch, European.

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