Frey Freyday – the news

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

news [n(y)o͞oz] NOUN – newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent or important events:

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is! Anne Frank –

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ Fred Rogers –

Headlines, in a way, are what mislead you because bad news is a headline, and gradual improvement is not. Bill Gates –

Sometimes negative news does come out, but it is often exaggerated and manipulated to spread scandal. Journalists sometimes risk becoming ill from coprophilia and thus fomenting coprophagia: which is a sin that taints all men and women, that is, the tendency to focus on the negative rather than the positive aspects. Pope Francis –

Television, radio, social media. The 24/7 news cycle plows forward mercilessly on our desks, in our cars and in our pockets. Thousands and thousands of messages and voices bombard us from the moment we wake, fighting for our attention. All we see and hear, all day long, is news. And most of it is bad. Joseph Prince –


News – something to generally avoid and/or turn off. News shocks you so that you watch.

I like the news – I often drive a lot and I sometimes listen to the news. I find myself getting fired up about it, good or bad, sometimes.

Did you ever think of how much the news influences your day? Your perspective? Your life? It definitely does.

Watching or listening to the news does indeed ‘prime’ us. What is priming? Priming is an implicit memory effect in which exposure to one stimulus (i.e., perceptual pattern) influences the response to another stimulus. In other words, if you are primed about one thing, let’s say scarcity, science and studies have proven that it affects how humans see things after – if you’re primed with scarcity, you then tend to see things as scarce. If primed with abundance, you can see the exact same situation with abundance.

As stated above, News shocks you so that you watch. Fire, crime, bad news sell!

Peter Diamandis, author, creator of the Xprize, Singular University and other things said, “The news media is a drug pusher. Negative news is the drug.” This includes conservative and liberal. Republican and Democrat.

If you think about it, we are pummeled by negative news most of the day, if we keep on most of the networks or our radio, newspapers, social media, etc.

The news media uses negative news not because it is the only thing ‘happening’ but because it will get you to watch.

Humans pay attention to negative news 10 times more than positive! We are wired for it. We operate this way. The economics of news and commercial TV dictate how news works.

The amygdala scans our environment to protect us – this is left over from our ‘caveman days’ and evolution. When we watch the news, the amygdala scans the news and we pay attention to see if it is threatening.

If you watch the news, you might believe that our world is in really bad shape. Maybe even believe that things are getting worse.

Things are getting better. Harvard cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophesies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data! He even wrote about it in 75 jaw-dropping graphs; Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West, but worldwide.

  • 1/500th less dying today than yesteryear. Much less violence than 100 years ago or 500 years ago.
  • 200-250 years ago our average lifespan was around 32 years. It is now around 75 and will likely double again.
  • Over the last 200 years, the world’s GDP has skyrocketed 100-fold! Humankind has never been more productive and prosperous. (Yes there is room for improvement)
  • Anywhere in the world, mortality rates have dropped precipitously over the last 300 years. Just 100 years ago a child born in India or South Korea was only expected to live to 23. Today India’s life expectancy has tripled, South Korea’s life expectancy has quadrupled and is now higher than the U.K.
  • Teen births have fallen and been controlled in a positive manner.
  • Crispr and Gene editing already has been approved by the FDA and can transform a patient’s own cells into a living drug, to treat forms of leukemia and cancer. They are looking at 550 other gene therapies.
  • It is estimated that the Montreal Protocol has positively helped us and the environment. This agreement is said to have prevented 280 million cases of skin cancer, 45 million cataracts, 1.5 million deaths from skin cancer. It is said that without this “Protocol”, the planet might be 4 degrees warmer. While we have experienced many tough natural disasters recently, the global annual death rate from natural disasters has plummeted over the past 100 years.
  • More people around the world have access to electricity than ever before. The absolute number of those without access to electricity is dropping. India moved from 45% to 80%. Afghanistan has moved from 0.6% of the population in 2000 to 89.5% in 2014 ! In 2016, solar power grew faster than any other fuel source in the world.
  • Globally, about 18% of the population was undernourished. It dropped to 10% in 2015. Technology is making things better. Farms can be run with less people, more productively.


My suggestion: Don’t watch the news!

Note: I’m not saying that we should ignore or minimize problems or major issues. There are serious and important things that we face around the world. Things are not perfect. There are bad things in the world. It is about countering the romanticized views of the world in centuries past with data. Remove the one-sided, negative only news and the negative emotion and view the world as it is – one that is still getting better.

We are what we think. If we watch the news and allow our minds to be primed with crime, fires, natural disasters, and negative news, we can easily become more negative, nervous and uneasy. We become primed for these negative events.

OR we can prime our minds with other things; abundance, contribution, education, laughter, love, kindness, success, health, (insert your goal/priority here).

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

BONUS: More info and data!

Lots of great, easy to read graphs, info, data!



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