Is everything really this bad? Really? It’s true that all those things are happening – flooding in the Midwest, high gas prices, home foreclosures and so on – but when they throw it all together that way doesn’t it make it seem worse than it actually is? Or is my family just one of a lucky minority of families that are doing okay?
It is the job of the media to get people to pay attention to them. Maybe you think their job is to inform us but what do you think happens if everybody stops watching a particular network or stops reading a particular newspaper? If the situation can’t be corrected quickly somebody gets fired. Their job is to get as many people as possible to pay attention to them and the easiest way to do that is to create drama.
There’s always something bad going on somewhere in the world and it’s good to be aware of it as we go about our generally comfortable lives but it’s not good to be in a constant state of panic and despair. We all need to take a deep breath, take a good look at our own lives and what’s going on in our communities, help our neighbors as much as we can, then relax and just live. The sun still rises, flowers still bloom, children still play, kittens are still cute, music still moves us, books still take us away. Take time off from worrying to enjoy some of the good stuff.