Hello everyone 💕
Do people still read the news anymore? I personally do not, for one plain reason; it is depressing and stressful. I went through a period in the last few weeks where I had totally given up on humanity because I was internalising everything I was reading on the news and social media. I am devastated with the state of the world because it just seems to be bad thing after bad thing for people across the world who are really and truly just trying to survive. So, I kept asking myself the question of “what is the point of it all?”
Truthfully, I still don’t know. I got several answers from several different people that I asked the question to but none of them were really satisfying enough for me. I had someone say that I am feeling that way because I am only focusing on the bad news. But you tell me, when was the last time you saw good news in the news? Lately it feels like everything is falling apart. However, the more I thought, the more I realised that this might actually be a good thing. Things are falling apart but I think humanity needed things to fall apart in order to remedy the messes we have created.
What I realised is that the suffering I have been seeing in the past few months is not new; people have been suffering in these ways for decades. What is new is that we are talking about these problems and nothing other than these problems. So, yes, it is overwhelming if someone takes in the information that is being put out but we need to realise that these state of affairs have always existed but now we have no excuses for ignoring them. Inequality, war, patriarchy, capitalism, climate change, poverty, hunger, death, violence; they have always existed and we have always made excuses for them but we are entering an era where we realise that there aren’t anymore excuses left to use.
However you choose to see it or whatever you choose to call it, we are at a pivotal period in human history where we are being forced to change the way we live. Even though we have been trying to fight it and wait for “things to go back to normal,” things are not going back to “normal” and they shouldn’t. The way we were living as a human race benefited a select few and left the rest of the world in pain. Truthfully though, it is very possible that things could go back to exactly how they were. It is up to us and how we choose to deal with this awakening moment that we have been given.
We look at history and we read about monstrous events and think; how could people let that happen, if I was there I would never be part of that. While in our own era, we sit idly back and watch horrors taking place on a daily basis. In a way, we have become desensitised to everything happening around us, it is overwhelming so how can we even begin to remedy an ounce of suffering happening around us? But this is a time where we can deconstruct and reconstruct these systems that govern our lives. Because everything is unraveling, we can change the way we live in relation to each other and ourselves.
“We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.” – J.K. Rowling
In all of my soul searching about the current state of the world, it was evident that I was definitely not the only one thinking that we are in a state of despair. Ergo, I hope that I have given you a different perspective in which to see and judge the current state of the world. It is a state that we need to take seriously and really look at what is going on and what we want for the future of the plant and humanity. Call me naive but I sincerely believe that we can change the world; it is possible to live in a better world. The approach to life we have now is broken and that’s ok, we should not be aiming to mend it but to create new approaches.