You know, it’s a little odd, all these tweets, blogs and Facebook posts about how broken the world is in the face of recent tragedies, from natural disasters to unnatural ones.
People I know personally and people I don’t know at all seem to agree that the world is a fucked up place. That humanity is simply a cluster of random acts of badness and cruelty.
And, I suppose if I were an alien studying this planet, I would say the same thing. I mean, who would want to live on this planet, really? Nature is scary. If it’s not battering various coasts with super-storms, it’s washing it away with earthquake-born tsunamis. Humanity is scary. If we’re not contemplating our belly buttons, we’re massacring each other over land disputes or killing each other for no apparent reason.
Except I’m not an alien. I’m not on the outside looking in. And when people say they hope it’s actually the end times because we “don’t deserve” to be here, I cringe. The fuck you trying to say, exactly?
There are individuals who are messed up, broken, diseased of the mind. There are ideologies that are messed up, broken, diseased in principle. But it certainly isn’t everyone. And nature isn’t out to get us. It’s just being nature—our planet is harsh, but you know, it’s ours. And until we can travel any length of space en masse, we’re kind of stuck. Bloom where you’re planted, people.
And as for those that don’t think we deserve to be here, or think that all of humanity is broken, I have to say, look around. Yeah, there are plenty of squeaky wheels. There are a lot of things wrong.
There are also a lot of things right:
Buzzfeed’s Faith in Humanity List http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/moments-that-restored-our-faith-in-humanity-this-y
Project Night Night (via @theblogess) http://projectnightnight.org/
Robbery foiled with kindness http://cheezburger.com/6293721088
I could keep going, but you get the idea. The things that are bad are overwhelming, and numerous. It is our job to counter that with an infinite amount of small, good things. It doesn’t have to be anything overt, you don’t need to spend any money if you don’t want. All you have to do is practice kindness, courtesy, and compassion.
We will never have all the answers as to why bad things happen. It will always be tragic. It will always hurt.
But, when all you see is darkness, you have to be the light. No one else will do it for you.
Go forth. Shine.