Everywhere I look lately, there lingers a certain resonance of a particular theme – fear, uncertainty, and doubt. People are stockpiling groceries in case of supply shortages; people are pouring money into crypto to avoid a traditional financial collapse; politics are polarized and opposing parties both describe their opposition as Hitler-like. What the hell is going on with us as a species?
Vaccination fears, COVID-19 fears, the robot revolution, asteroids, Donald Trump. I do not expect things to go back to normal any time soon, but aren’t we an utterly pathetic species at the moment? The common cohesion and reason necessary to keep human society operating at maximum efficiency, has been disintegrating for decades now and there’s a lot of blame to go around. Until, as a species, we can pool our collective knowledge, wisdom, and abilities together, we will remain a danger unto ourselves and our future prosperity.
These days, most of us seem to be feeling desperate for something: money, safety, “freedom” (mostly money). Why is our system so broken? And why are we all so desperate? How much worse do things need to get before they finally get better again?
Note: Step away from social media. Keep your focus on the day ahead, and again, on where you want to be in 5 years. Make everything else indifferent to you. Stop giving a shit about the latest tweet or aggravating news story, and begin to critically assess the ideas and beliefs which are commonly floated around from person to person – assess the authors and the motivations of all of the information you receive. Who are the true and genuine ones? Who are the insincere and contriving others? Celebrate the former, and disconnect from the latter.
Just remember… We’re all humans… And we all share that something which makes us all both unique and alike… Our humanity… And our energy is best served by problem-solving as a group rather than committing slow suicide. Something greater lies ahead on the other end of this challenge, but first, we need to believe that, and then reinforce those beliefs with action.
It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.Marcus Aurelius