Friend W and I were discussing the situation in the world over our coffee this morning. Both of us agree that we just can't bear to watch the News at the moment because of the situation on Aleppo in particular and the Middle East in general.
In addition, the Labour Party Conference doesn't exactly instill one with confidence about the state of Politics in this country.
So we switch off and do something else. Are we being cowardly? We both feel helpless and unable to do anything to help - so should we make ourselves watch it all just so that we are kept informed? And then that begs the question, terrible though the situation is, are we being shown everything that is happening or is it an edited version - and if so, who is doing the editing?
In The Times at the week end Libby Purves, who always writes my language, spoke about how we should be aware that things are not all getting worse in the world. Folk tend to think of the 'good old days' and suggest that everything is going ' pear shaped', whereas there is actually much less starvation than there was, much less disease as many have been conquered, much less slavery - in all these cases (and the others which she mentioned) there are still pockets of course, and many of them large pockets - but the point she makes is that slowly, gradually much of what happens in the world is improving.
But I do still feel 'tell that to the women and children of Aleppo'. Do you watch the news or, like us, do you bury your head in the sand at the moment?