Any person who observes the world is likely to become a cynic.
Wars, corruption, poverty, extremism – only a few things that once discussed briefly can make some react in a similar way to this “Oh this world is messed up, what’s the point of doing anything, what’s the point of trying?”.
My grandmother believes that in order to go “far” in life you must learn letters, and by that she means you must educate oneself – something she, at the age of 79, claims to have been prevented from.
Times change, yet as much as we evolve and as much as technology brings some of us forward there are still humans in our planet who live not only with the ideas from the old times (See Dubai and their culture and traditions) but also with the society structures and technology of people hundreds of years ago (See selected countries in Africa and other poor areas of the world).
Some, often very popular, news channels announce the news of the day in such dramatic ways, with music that enhances the drama, that could make a person like my grandmother shout as she panics “These fast trains that kill people, do you see them on TV? they go out of their rails, and the gays? Did you see the gays in Russia? Did you see what happened to them? And in Brazil, did you see the country, the whole country is on fire!”.
When it comes to that, I am in the position to comfort her, and I explain to her that it isn’t new technology that causes trains to fail but old, uncared for rails or summer heat, I explained to her the political scene in Russia, as much as I knew, and that Brazil couldn’t possibly burn overnight. “Oh Grandma, if only you knew the size of Brazil, it’s huge!”.
But then you read of wars, you read of things that happen in the countries that we live in, you think of crime levels in your own city – and you start to wonder to the point where you are sure, “Some people are evil, some people are born bad, it must be it!”. You continue wondering how is it possible for you to enjoy certain comforts when others can’t, you start to question your own goodness. Are you good?
There are countless arguments on our society, on the world. Is someone who appears to be good bad if he doesn’t recycle? Is a criminal charged with murder good if he cares about the environment? What are our priorities as a human population in order to categorize each other as good or bad? We don’t have common goals unfortunately, as we as a “we” belong to “us” and “they” and “the others”.
For all we know there is, one way or another, good and bad in our world, in our lives, in our communities, in our society, we can therefore choose to accept it or we can try to improve our surroundings as we see fit, for the better – what’s in it for you? Maybe everything, maybe absolutely nothing. What should you do? I couldn’t say, but let’s hope you will find an answer or a goal to pursue.