There are many instances in life where I hear older people talk about ‘simpler times’ and compare them to the way things are in the world today, and it’s usually viewed through a rather negative lens. Being that the world is the way it is today, who can really blame them? Violent protests, constant acts of terrorism, racism, and division between different groups of people are only some of many things that plagues our world today, and a lot of these events are covered through stories told by deeply flawed news stations in America. Most of the time we hear these stories, we either shrug them off, simply content with the fact that were weren’t directly affected by the events, or we absorb these stories and allow fear to take up space in our minds. I’m not going to go very deep into the negative influence that the media has had on us in America as a society, but I will say that it absolutely has had a hand.
Growing up, I didn’t pay much attention to the news or politics or what else was going on around the world. Most of my biggest concerns with life were usually strictly centered around my own life, as is usually the case with children growing up and becoming teenagers. When I think back to the ‘problems’ I believed I had then, they’re laughable and even a little sad when I consider now how pointless most of them were. At the same time though, it’s all still part of growing up and becoming the person you’re meant to become. As I got older, my awareness for world events grew and I didn’t like what I saw. Fear was usually my first reaction to a lot of the negative news, and I avoided it like the plague. Now as a 21-year old Aspie coming onto 2017, I think more deeply about the kind of world that I was dropped in, and I ask myself more why I was put in this time of all times. With this in mind, I have listed a few things that come from my own perspective about the world today. I do hope that you will at least be able to appreciate the way that I choose to look at it.
1. Almost nothing that gets reported about stuff that has happened surprises me, nor do I see these things as unexpected.
Some people would call this ‘desensitization’ since people have the tendency to grow numb to bad news after a while since we get bombarded by it every day. For me personally, I’m typically not surprised by any of this news because I have the basic knowledge that the acts of violence and hatred play a large part in human nature. Given that we’re looking at the actions of humanity, it’s to be expected, whether we like it or not. In no way do I accept the fact that it is what it is, but I’m not surprised by any of it either. Humanity fails us every time, no matter how hard it may try.
2. The bad news makes the good feel more refreshing
In this world full of tragedy, violence, and division, there is still good, and that good makes itself stick out more amongst the bad things as long as people are willing to see it. If we spend so much time dwelling on the tragedies that go on in the world, we lose sight of the good things that we have, and we don’t spend enough time ‘counting our blessings’. When the bad news starts to overcrowd, remember that you always have something that you can be thankful for (it was just recently Thanksgiving Day after all). There’s always something that shines a good light in your life. Whatever that may be, dwell on that, and never take it for granted.
3. Some of the best things about humanity are made clearer in the midst of tragedy
It goes without saying that 9/11 was a tragic and terrifying event, but even in the wake of the tragedy, some of the best of humanity emerged in the form of people’s heroics. Heroes like former Marine Jason Thomas and former Vietnam vet Rick Rescorla are only a select few of many people that were responsible for performing feats of true heroism during that horrifying morning. When the worst of humanity rears its head, some of its best bites back, and I believe it will continue to be that way.