I think it was in August when I installed the Pocket icon on my internet browser in an attempt to keep more involved with the world. I’m a nerdy housewife who doesn’t spend much time away from home. If there was a car for me to use, this might not be the case but as it is, my time online is my open window to what goes on beyond my yard.
Pocket has sent me articles on all sorts of topics from different sources throughout cyberspace. I can’t say I’ve read each one presented to me but it’s nice to have the variety and be introduced to events both local and international.
In the past two months, I have been receiving articles suggesting how bad our world has gotten in recent years. There is starvation, war, terrorism, bigotry, inequality, global warming, economic hardship, and the list goes on and on. In many of these articles, the word disaster, collapse, or disintegration is said someplace in the piece.
Here are some examples of what I’ve received in my email inbox:
- Americans Are Officially Freaking Out – By Deena Shanker, November 1, 2017
- Why the idea that the world is in terminal decline is so dangerous – By Jeremy Adelman, November 1st, 2017
- GHOST IN THE CELL – By Colin Lecher, October 10th, 2017
These are harsh realities to face. Even if your plight is small compared to someone else’s, the growing number of them can seem daunting. However, a great number of these concerns have been around for longer than any of us. Somehow people have survived through the tribulations of whatever era they lived in and have become better because of the ordeals they had to endure.
The one question that weaves in and around my mind though is have we become too soft and insensible to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps when disaster strikes in today’s world? People are giving lip service with agility, yet no one seems to be following through with action. Could it really be that we cannot be bothered with it because our individual burdens are that heavy or, at least, we think they are?
I remember a time when individuals spoke out against injustice and backed it up with positive action. If someone was in need, there were several hands reaching out to help.
In today’s society, people walk looking at their iPhones, mumbling, “Sorry.” and moving on when they bump into another person. Flipping the bird has become the norm on the road when someone is driving erratically without a glimmer of concern as to why the person would be doing it. Honest care of fellow humans doesn’t seem to exist anymore. It’s all about self now.
Yet, it’s this very attitude that is going to make us go crashing down as a civilization. We’ve seen it before — over and over again, in fact. All great civilizations of the past have collapsed because of the lax and apathy of the people.
Is it a case of we think we’re exempt from what has happened all through history? Do we think someone [not us of course] will figure out how to turn things around and follow through with the needed action?
I am not better than anyone else. I am guilty of expecting someone to show me the way instead of figuring it out for myself. In order to survive any catastrophe that could befall me as a human, I need to get busy with plans I should be shaping.