Once upon a time, it was possible to turn on the news to keep yourself informed, and though the world has been forever messed up, when the news was over, it would invariably end with a story about a skateboarding squirrel, or a surfing Labrador, or some other, cutesy thing that would put a smile on our faces even when we turned away from our screens and looked back into the often-awfulness that is our world.
The news format changed. Gone are the skateboarding squirrels (although we’re fairly sure they still exist out there), and in its place is PANICPANICPANIC; death, doom, destruction, to the point where every time the news comes on, it’s like our living rooms have been invaded with demontors and we’ve all forgotten how to summon our patronuses.
Now, the world is currently a horrible place. We have nation leaders intent on running said nations as though they’re playing a real life version of a bastardisation of Monopoly and Risk. We have individuals so ignorant, that they would allow their image to be used to front an advertising campaign for a company who seem to think it’s okay to profit from real life problems faced by real life people. We have airlines who think brute force is the way to deal with their own mistakes of overbooking. Real life sucks, in just about every way imaginable, and sometimes it’s hard to get out of bed for fear of what bad news we’ll hear today. And hey! By the time this posts, we might have already started WWIII…
To quote John Lennon: “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one, I hope some day you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.” Now, I don’t always believe this; in fact, with everything that’s going on, I’m having trouble believing it’s worth inhaling another breath. My own dark clouds descending at regular intervals, shrouding me in unpleasantness with or without the shittiness in the news. But despite, or in spite of that, I do believe in kindness. I do believe we’re better together than we are apart. And I do believe that all this current hatred and negativity in the world isn’t helping us one bit. (no shit, Sherlock…) That we have to keep strong, keep fighting, get better at existing.
We’ve got a history tainted with death and destruction, and our present is rife with it; don’t we deserve a happily ever after?