Look, far be it from me to promote political apathy in the run-up to The Most Important Election of Our Lifetimes, but consider this your permission not to watch tonight’s first presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.
Unless you want to tune in to see if you can notice the integrity of the American political system eroding in real time, there is no reason to watch. You almost certainly have already decided who you are going to vote for, and seeing these two aging dudes—neither of whom could credibly be styled an elegant orator—lob barbs at one another over tax fraud and encroaching dementia isn’t going to change that. Even if one of them manages to say something substantive that actually reveals a heretofore unknown policy position (unlikely), it will be all over social media seconds later.
We’ve been marinating in bad news all year. Save yourself the pain and watch something else instead. Here are some suggestions, any of which would be a much better choice for your mental health.