Lately, it has gotten to the point where I often want to stop checking social media, because it seems that each time I do, I am learning of some new atrocity that has occurred in the world. I do not know if I am simply more aware of international events now or if this is true, but to me, it feels as if all of the tragedies are increasing in number and severity as time passes. How much more conflict and terror can the world take till it breaks? Will things ever let up, or is this how things are going to be for the rest of time?
The idealistic part of me believes that at its roots, humanity is good, and we will eventually beat the hatred that seems to have poisoned the globe. The realistic part doubts that we can pull together.
It has struck me watching the 2016 presidential race unfolding that politicians commonly play off of voters’ fear to secure support. If they can make people afraid and then insist that they can fix what is scaring them, the politicians gain support. This practice disgusts me – there is a lot for people to be afraid of in the world today, and making things worse for your own benefit makes you the lowest of people in my mind.
I realize that with all of the world’s problems, there can be no quick fix, and that there may be nothing I, as an individual, can do to make very much of a difference. But I am determined to be the opposite of a fear-mongering politician. I want to be as informed as possible, and to share that information with others, because to me, it seems to be the key to stopping fear. I want to fight hatred by being respectful and loving of all I come in contact with. I want to make sure that nothing I am doing is making the situation any worse.
There is certainly a lot of terror in the world, but there is also a lot of hope for those who choose to see it. It is true that much of the news I read is negative, but for all the bad, there is a great deal of good occurring as well. Humanity has proved time and time again that it is resilient, and I do sincerely hope that we can come back from our present troubles. The key, to me at least, is putting aside our fears, respecting our differences, and doing our best to love as much as possible.