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More news of the…not so important

Posted by Stephen on March 24, 2008

Our insatiable need for news 24 hours a day, I would argue, has created a monster. The news media will pursue anything and everything to fill the time. There was a time when news was a few minute a day affair, that grew into half hour reports, that grew into 8 hour news agencies, that has now exploded into a 24/7/365 day per year obsession.

They over dramatize serious events in our lives, they promote the negative side of issues with an indescribable fervor assuming it is the only way to keep a tabloid society tuned in, and if that doesn’t work, they’ll simply find the most bizarre, and needless to say, irrelevant news they can to keep force feeding you what they want to call…news.

Our news can range from finding an anus no one wants to today’s tidbit about a dog that prays at a Zen Temple.

In the southern city of Naha, Japan, at a Zen Buddhist temple, a 1 1/2-year-old black- and-white Chihuahua named Conan joins in the daily prayers. According to Fox News the dog’s master, priest Joei Yoshikuni says Conan prays at Naha’s Shuri Kannondo temple, even sitting up on his hind legs and putting his front paws together before the altar.

Apparently it took him only a few days, according to Fox, to learn the motions, and now he is the talk of the town.

“Word has spread, and we are getting a lot more tourists,” Yoshikuni said Monday.

Yoshikuni said Conan generally goes through his prayer routine at the temple in the capital of Japan’s southern Okinawa prefecture (state) without prompting before his morning and evening meals.
“I think he saw me doing it all the time and got the idea to do it, too,” Yoshikuni said.

The priest is now trying to teach him how to meditate.

“Basically, I am just trying to get him to sit still while I meditate,” he explained. “It’s not like we can make him cross his legs.”

All in all, this is better than the story of the unwanted anus reported late last week, and it’s nice not to always read about death and destruction, but it would be better if we didn’t hear from the news media all day and night in the first place, don’t you think?

Stephen Winslow is the executive editor of Conservative Viewpoints.

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