So much isn’t it?
If you spend any time at all in front of a computer or a television you will be (intentionally) subject to all the horrors the world has to offer. The headlines are there to grab you, suck you in and play on your emotions. To what end? The simple, cynical response would be there is money in it. Of course that is true but maybe there is just a little bit more.
Pick a headline – any one of them – your choice
How do you feel? Scared? Angry? Happy? Relieved? Excited? Now what?
I am guessing deep within you there is a subconscious longing for the answer to just that. Now what? We are inquisitive little beings aren’t we? Intentional or not, we are all seekers and there are many entities out there all too happy, chomping at the bit and ready to provide you with all you seek.
While something may grab our attention, there does seem to be very little out there in the form of a call to action. It is one thing to watch the devastation of a fire in a southern state on television, shaking one’s head saying how awful and then carry on. It is quite another to be there, in the midst of it all dealing with loss of loved ones, loss of property and loss of self.
What about a Midwestern state’s native people’s quest to stop the oil industry from putting in yet another pipeline? This one probably has not garnered all the attention it may deserve. I mean, what’s another pipeline at the end of the day? They make precautions to ensure the whole thing will be safe and won’t affect the water these indigenous people are so fervently attempting to protect don’t they? … DON’T THEY?
Then there is the whole bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef thing. Once again, for many, this is something happening half a world away. There will be the inevitable cries of how horrible it is or what a shame or look at what humans are doing to the world. But then, well, how much do we really care?
That’s the thing right there isn’t it?
How much do we really, truly care?
Environmental, political, human rights and sociological issues in general become a temporary talking point and dramatic fodder for a news program. It would take someone truly extraordinary to be able to absorb everything and respond accordingly. As such, it can all be more than a little overwhelming and that allows us to get back to the question of how much do we care? I would like to hope and pray that we all care quite a lot. Why else would we bother ourselves with taking in so much information via all the various media outlets? Beyond the talk and beyond the rhetoric lays something magnificently hidden and that is an opportunity to discover the most wonderful part of ourselves. This part of us so genuine, so true and so real that, if tapped into, could allow us all to accomplish such amazing, astonishing, glorious things.
To quote one of my favorite movies:
It is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logic or reasons can be found.
- Thoughts of Thanksgiving 2016
- And all that you have done will be perfect