How the Monitor helped a young reader open her heart to the world

I don’t remember getting out of bed in the morning eager to read the news. The only time I ever engaged in a lengthy discussion on tragic events, which are frequently featured in the news, was in school. My teachers would create a curriculum centered on current global issues, and it was through those lessons that I learned about the world around me. At home, I would occasionally direct my attention to the TV news anchor reporting on an issue, while I tried my best to follow the carousel text sliding from right to left. Frankly, this was one of the reasons I disliked the news because it constantly highlighted only the problems we faced. 

Major news sources seem to capitalize on eye-catching headlines, and although death, bombings, shootings, poverty, inflation, dictatorial governments, and climate change are global concerns, the delivery of these topics induced fear and was rarely accompanied by tangible solutions. Over time, I eventually became numb to any kind of news because I was accustomed to only receiving the negative aspect of a topic. I felt hopeless and reverted to my little universe. I found it difficult to believe that “little me” could improve the world, and because of my pessimistic mindset, I was unsure of how to approach these problems through prayer.

When I first started reading The Christian Science Monitor, I admit, I solely read the articles just to get to the end. It felt as though it was an assignment I needed to check off, but as I read more articles and discussed them with my mentor, I became more engaged with the news, something I thought I could not do on my own. The Monitor’s mission, “injure no man, but to bless all mankind,” is amplified through 28 values, which work together to deliver accurate and inspiring journalism. While “negative” news, unfortunately, catches the eyes of many people, the Monitor not only highlights progress and unity but indicates what actions people have taken to develop sustainable solutions.