Television shows that convince us that Real Housewives routinely throw tables and wear hair extensions.
Radio shows that convince us that "THEY" are out to get "US" (your mileage may vary on exactly who THEY and US are)
Newspaper ads that convince us that the best way to honour veterans (fathers, mothers, America, Scouts) is by buying a new mattress.
BUT............then it goes a tad deeper still.
Each day we are surrounded by folks who are tense enough to hum like a telephone wire. And we breathe than tension.
Each day we are surrounded by folks who are sure that their lives are being ruined by a group of people. Nameless people. People who don't think as they do. And we breathe that paranoia.
Each day we are surrounded by noise, advertising, and claims that encourage us to engage our paranoia, our tension, our fears - because otherwise... And that's where it falls apart. Otherwise, what?
I am not suggesting we go through life in a state of ignorance. But we are what we listen to. We are what we eat. We are what we breath.
So we have choices. To surround ourselves with others who speak hope. By noise that fosters peace. By silence that fosters wisdom. We see what we look for.
Scripture says perfect love casts out fear. And every day we see that the opposite holds true as well - perfect fear casts out love. Evidently they cannot coexist.
I choose love. I choose truth. And every day I will have to intentionally not buy into other lies. It's hard. But it's the only way.