We are bombarded by information – too much information in fact. And the complexity of each information are confusing and stressful at times. There are factual things to consider, biases to be taken into careful thought, emotions to control. Considering all these factors are truly complicated – even to a human mind.
Amazing how a a filter paper works. Take a container and a bottle of water with sand. Pour the water to the container with the filter paper in between. And take a look how the water become pure as it go through the filter paper. The sand is left out above the filter paper. And the water is pure and clear again.
In order to prevent stress to confuse us of what’s ahead, we need to do a lot of filtering. In life, there are ideas to think of and not to think of, path to take and not to take, information to indulge and not to indulge. Sadly, we choose to take up the cross we are not ours to take. Because, we think, we need to. No, we do not need the sand, all we need is the water – to be alive. If we do not filter, we might end up choking.
In my life, I try so hard to filter the information I do not need. It is hard work, I tell you. But as for me, it works. Filtering keeps me sane. Filtering makes me move forward. Because to all the mishaps and unfortunate events I’ve encountered, I need a lot of filtering to do.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. – Philippians 4:8