Jesus said 'watch' and that's one of the meanings to know what is going on.
He said pray, and put those together, so I do that. I don't watch TV, which
is a huge brain programmer, don't read the newspaper which contains
little of interest. I STILL know the bad news. I think it makes people
think they know something. What can they do about it? I work on
leading my own life as much as possible. I don't have a lot of sources
that can brainwash me. I was rejected in the home so didn't have that
in my life. No connections, you know? To answer your question, a
person needs to think about 'what are the avenues that produce this?'.
But I've seen the possibility when I enter a mall. I studied how there
are subliminal messages in some big malls. I saw the change I made
entering it, thus changed it back to 'stop being in a daze'.
So, matter of degree. I don't TRUST anything I hear ever. Not to mean
I don't trust people at all. They often will do what they said, and
just as often will not do it. I can be that way also.
Everything impacts us, influences us, everything. I'm that believer
that a butterfly on the other side of the ocean flaps its wings,
and something happens. (that's more extreme, of course, but
that's the idea).