I wish I was as brilliant as the man who wrote the paragraph below. He is James Clear, and his last name says it all. He is able to cut right through any premise and explain in simple terms something that we all know to be true but are too dumb to recognize. Just reading something by James Clear makes me know how shallow I am.
By default, any good book that is more than 10 years old is filled with life-changing ideas. Why? Because bad books are forgotten after a decade or two. Any lasting book must be filled with ideas that stand the test of time. Meanwhile, the news is filled with fleeting information. We justify paying attention to the media because we think it makes us informed, but being informed is useless when most of the information will be unimportant by tomorrow. The news is just a television show and, like most TV shows, the goal is not to deliver the most accurate version of reality, but the version that keeps you watching. You wouldn’t want to stuff your body with low quality food. Why cram your mind with low quality thoughts?