Anonymous said: hello kate, I was just wondering your opinion about this since I find your responses very well thought of, me and my friend have been called selfish and mean for not wanting to hear about the news, like all the bad things going on, but what people don't understand is we both suffer from panic attacks and take medication, I've been starting to feel very guilty for ignoring big issues but at the same time I don't want to compromise my health.. Do you think that makes me a bad person?
Not at all, of course it doesn’t make you a bad person. Being ignorant of all the bad things happening in the world right now isn’t a particularly good thing because it’s important to be aware of things and talk about things because if bad things are ignored/forgotten about then they won’t be easily fixed, BUT it’s more important for you to focus on YOUR problems and the things going on in your personal little universe, because if you can’t keep yourself balanced and functioning, then you won’t be able to help anyone else anyway. You should always practise self-care, if you weren’t watching the news because you couldn’t be bothered or thought it was none of your business then that might be considered selfish, but anything that might be triggering to you or cause panic attacks should be avoided at all costs, even if it makes you a bit naïve. You and your friend are neutral, you’re not learning about the problems in the world and are therefore not really able to spread awareness and appeal for help but you’re also not directly contributing to the problems in the world either, you’re not doing any real harm. Maybe one day you’ll be ready to start following the news and educating yourself about these things but for now please focus on looking after yourselves, don’t worry