It’s the end of the world as we know it.
Can you believe what is happening in this world?
What will happen to our children?
I get the rallying cries.
Afghanistan. Syria. The bifurcation. The right/ the lefts. The Sunnis/ the Shiites. There is so much fucked up shit going on.
How am I? Fine.
The world is not ending. This rally is not new. Ageless actually. There is not a day that someone does not declare that it’s the end of the world as we know it.
But LOOK what is happening now? Some may reply.
Yep. That is happening and it will happen over and over again. And for some events this may be the first time we have been able to see it so instantaneously. This is new. The power of social media, video, allows us to see the horrors that otherwise would go unwatched. Gone unnoticed by anyone but the victims. And while hard to watch…maybe like me it needs to be seen to be learned. Or rather written to be read. Recorded to remember.
It has to be learned.
And I see evidence of that. The world is learning…slowly.
While the “end” narrative is not new, the characters are different and it is much less dark. There is change.
The world is in the best place it has ever been (with the exception of the environment, but this is a newer lesson of the lessons on repeat). The world is absolutely safer. The world is the most peaceful it has ever been. People are living longer than ever. And there are cures happening faster. Sure the opportunity of this better world is not evenly distributed, but for a second indulge me in a bit of perspective.
War is overall down, WAY down.
And from my biased perspective I believe the worst event to happen to a person where your world truly does end is the loss of a child. Less of that happening too.
Overall the world is improving. We are learning from our mistakes. One can question the speed. And for this girl who only knows one speed, FAST, it is PAINFUL. Why it takes us centuries to learn the same lessons? Not sure, but I can say this. It’s getting BETTER.
So in the wise words of REM.
It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine
Take a breath. Look at the bigger picture and FEEL FINE.