I think it goes without saying that the media portrays our world as one on fire. It is their job, after all. They take abnormal or statistically rare occurrences to create panic as if those instances are the norm. These stories are now amplified by ‘wokeness‘ and social platforms which make it seem the sky is falling.
The consensus seems to be that there is something wrong with everything and we need to fix it…now! And while it may be true and the sky could be inches away from crashing down upon us, we need to accept that there’s only so much we can do about it.
Now don’t get me wrong, the media helps us by identifying or acknowledging issues we’d otherwise be oblivious to. This helps us make progress. Add the fine-toothed comb that is wokeness (PC Culture) on top of the news, and there shouldn’t be an issue we can’t identify.
But even with our best intentions, all this negativity can defeat us.
Rates of depression and suicide have increased over the last decade. There are many theories as to why, but I think our incessant infatuation with crisis-news contributes to the problem. I’ve noticed the more articles I read or the more issues I become aware of, the worse my perception of the world becomes.
This creates a pattern of negative thinking and a feeling of helplessness.
The amount of negativity we’re fed may trick our brains into looking for problems, in everything, and hinder us from seeing the good in the world. This keeps us in a never-ending cycle of bad thoughts, making us incapable of appreciating or seeing the positives in every scenario.
In my experience, it has changed the way I think of myself and how I interact with the world; if I bother to interact with it at all. It sometimes traps me in a cycle of cynicism that is incredibly hard to break. Anyone who’s gotten stuck there will know what I’m talking about. They’d know how hard it is to pull themselves out of that darkness because even the good thoughts are suffocated by the bad until there are no more good ones.
Then all that’s left is darkness and endless, insufferable questions.
That is no way to live.
And look, I get it…we have every right to be angry and depressed and resentful. Life is pain! But if it consumes us, and that’s all there is, life is not only suffering, it is a waste.
So maybe, instead of counting all the things wrong with everything, we should count all the things that are right. Because, each and every day, there are wonderful things happening right in front of us, but we don’t recognize them because we’re blinded by the bad. I guarantee your perspective will change for the better and if you count the number of good things, they will vastly exceed the number of bad things.
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