I have such mixed emotions about my responsibility to stay on top of current events. In one way, I feel that it’s important to stay informed about the world around me; to know about what is happening, which parties are involved, and how it’s all being funded. Yet sometimes staying involved can be so disheartening, to hear about all the tragedy and unfairness in the world – of which we, on an individual level, have so little control.

I’m constantly trying to strike that balance, between informed and present. Because sometimes the news about what is happening on the other side of the world can so, dramatically pull me out of the current moment; I’m no longer thinking about my day and the people around me but something that’s going on in overseas that I am powerless to change.

So where’s the line? I don’t want to be so uninvolved in current events that my head is essentially in the sand but I also don’t want the weight that comes with being totally up-to-date on the horrors of humankind. What is the right thing to do?

John Oliver and the staff of Last Week Tonight have been killer for the first season of a show. They’ve been able to turn every one of their final segments into a viral sensation and it really has to do with their straight shooting. They do their research and transform it into poignant journalism, blended in with laugh-out-loud comedy.

I learned a couple of days ago that my cousin has been deployed with the IDF to fight in the ground offensive between Israel and Palestine. It evokes such dissonant feelings within me, because I love my cousin like a brother and yet I know that he is fighting for something of which I’m opposed.
I suppose, in the end, all you can wish for is the conflict ending so that no one else is harmed: not Israelis nor Palestinians. In the end, all you do is pray for peace: an end to the fighting, an end to the occupation.

I learned a couple of days ago that my cousin has been deployed with the IDF to fight in the ground offensive between Israel and Palestine. It evokes such dissonant feelings within me, because I love my cousin like a brother and yet I know that he is fighting for something of which I’m opposed.

I suppose, in the end, all you can wish for is the conflict ending so that no one else is harmed: not Israelis nor Palestinians. In the end, all you do is pray for peace: an end to the fighting, an end to the occupation.