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February 12, 2021

Pandemic/Political/Future Anxieties

Filed under: Culture — Steve Ruis @ 11:07 am
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The impeachment trial got you feeling anxious? How about the pandemic? How about your economic precariousness? How about being anxious about things under your control, instead.?

A good start would just be, say, giving up anxiety for Lent. Does giving up anxiety make you anxious? Try not to let it. (If you truly suffer from elevated levels of anxiety, giving it up is not an easy thing to do. It probably will take quite a bit of time and effort to do so, despite my Lent quip.)

Things may not work out the way you want. When you choose not to be anxious, you do it in spite of your unfulfilled expectations. What you lose is what you pay for your peace of mind.” (Epictetus)

I used to think that some emotions were useless, as in absolutely useless, such as embarrassment, anxiety, etc. I now know that these emotions do have some utility. We err only when we overuse them.

Just as a short fast can reset our food appetites, a short fast from anxiety may reset your anxiety level back to “normal.” Oh, and stop watching TV news, that helps a great deal. (Their job is to get you riled up, not providing you with any reassurance or even dependable information.)


  1. I rarely feel anxious. At my age, I’ve sorta’ learned to roll with the punches. But I will admit that while You-Know-Who was in office, I did experience some episodes of anxiousness. And if “he” inserts himself back into the spotlight as a result of the (sadly, expected) “not guilty” impeachment verdict, I will undoubtedly experience it again.

    But your cautionary remark related to TV news watching is spot-on … although I admit my willpower isn’t always working at its maximum when certain “news” is offered. *sigh*


    Comment by Nan — February 12, 2021 @ 12:10 pm | Reply

    • I stopped watching TV News quite a while ago … and don’t miss it. The reporting was shallow and now designed to titillate. Some of these things show a “Breaking News” strip continuously when they used to be reserved for major events. The consolidation of the “news media” into the holdings of just a few major corporations did not help anyone.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 12, 2021 @ 12:19 pm | Reply

  2. I’ve tried to back off news to a good degree, but I want to stay informed. I am just tired of politics and the obscenity of trump and his supporters.

    Covid hasn’t caused me much anxiety. I’m retired and enjoy being home and still have safe contact with my few friends once a week.

    Now getting older and health issues probably cause me the most anxiety right now, but I try to live a calm simple, but curious life.


    Comment by maryplumbago — February 12, 2021 @ 9:55 pm | Reply

    • I, like you, want to be informed. I just don’t think TV is the medium to lean on in that effort. I guess I am too wedded to the written word but I find written words easier to skip over, re-read, etc. that videoed words.

      On Fri, Feb 12, 2021 at 9:55 PM Class Warfare Blog wrote:


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      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 13, 2021 @ 11:02 am | Reply

      • I guess I am too wedded to the written word HEAR! HEAR!


        Comment by Nan — February 13, 2021 @ 11:07 am | Reply

        • Bless you, bless you, my child! (I would sprinkle you with holy water but I consider beer to be the holiest of waters and sprinkling it on something rather than imbibing it seems a great waste).

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — February 13, 2021 @ 11:12 am | Reply

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