Is it sinful to watch the news or to think on anything negative?
In Philippians (as I recall), Paul tells his hearers/readers to think on whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things or holy, etc., etc.
So, is Paul here saying that we should always think positively and/or think only of positive things in the world?
Thing is, this is not how the world is. It is not all positive.
Also< I see no harm in thinking on the negative unless it truly destroys your spirit/ewmotional state in doing so.
After all, do not we even ponder the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Gospel, especially during Good Friday and doesn’t that both inspire sympathy and awe in us for what Christ did/had to endure for us?
Cannot even dwelling on the ngative things that happen in this world inspire us to pity and even to action to help make this world better. Perhaps it can even inspire us to prayer for the situations we see.
I admit to being a bit of a “news junkie” as I take interest in the things that happen around the world, particular as regards geopolitics, and there are a lot of negative things that happen in this world, but I don’t let it get me so down that I cannot enjoy the rest of my life also.
I tend to be of a more sober and even mournful spirit than most about the ills of the world, but I do both of these within reason, I think and, as I say, I don’t let it prevent me from enjoying the good things that do exist in this world.
Sometimes I even purposefully mourn on sad events to inspire me to greater pity/compassion for those going through them and to remind me of the seriousness of sin in this world. I also do so to inspire me to works that might help, in whatever way, great or small, to make this world better. Mourning about/reflecting on the sins in this world and the difficult events in individiuals’ lives as well as geopolitically in this way is actually, I think, beneficial to me.
I indeed consider myself a highly empath(et)ic person, so I think this is what makes me have the tendencies i mentioned above. My soul longs to reach out, to comfort, and even to strengthen these desires within me to do so. So, is there really anything wrong with any of this?
Unless I am mistaken, I think I may even recall having heard about various contemplatives who do engage in intentional sadness so as, like me, to motivate them to greater compassion/etc.
So, what do folks think? Am I wrong in doing any of this? In watching the news? In thinking on the negativ in this world? In even doing so deliberately? As long as it is within reason?
if I am right in doing what I do, how should we interpret the passage about thinking about whatever is true, noble, etc.? What does Paul mean in this passage?
My initial thought has been that he wants us to think on these things in order to inspire us to good woks. As I recall, the very next thing he says is somethike, “Whatever you see in me, practice these things”, setting himself as an example to be emulated. So, this may lend further strength to the argument that Paul means for us to think on the things he mentions to inspire us to them, but that he does not necessarily rule out in this our thinking on negative things. Is this understanding valid? Why or why not?