My retirement community apartment is just across from the assisted living wing. When I open my curtains every morning and close them every night, the window forty feet away has a person watching a news channel. I can’t tell which channel, but watching any of them for so many hours each day is certainly very detrimental to your life. If you are constantly exposed to the same thing your worldview can be seriously damaged.
That type of thing was happening to me without my realizing it. I used to be a paying member of the Medium.com. Each morning I read the latest feeds. That was while I was investigating Aspergers and Autism. It did help me understand how some Aspies see the world. Before long the only thing that appeared each morning were article after article about Autism. Most of the articles were people telling me that I should strike out against the NT (neurotypical) world for making me mask who I really am. I tried various ways to tell them that I want to see a wider range of topics, but was unsuccessful. I finally decided to drop the Medium subscription.
But what about those, like my neighbor across the way? His life, whatever is left of it, seems to be fixated on things he simply can’t do anything about. That kind of worldview greatly saddens me. I wish I could somehow convince him and all those people who let others tell them what to think, to realize there are other more pleasant ways to live your life. Especially when you are approaching the end of it.