Making Sense of What is Happening Around Us


Looking at what’s happening in the world today, hearing the news, seeing the images of people suffering, you cannot help but wonder what is wrong with people when life, to some, has no value. I just can’t sit on the sidelines and not express my opinion. And yes, I won’t make this post political, but if I can offer some insight to what is going on that might be helpful. Maybe I can offer some way to make sense in dealing with our present.

From the beginning of time, as we all know there, there have been the “haves and the have-nots”. All you need to do is look at history and see that nothing really has changed in the world aside of the fact that we are more advanced in innovating, technology, science, etc. But, all of this has come at a price. Call it increased health risks, environmental pollution, climate change, conflict, etc.

In the news, for the most part, you hear of misery – who killed who, the oppressed and the oppressors, human suffering and for some, a total disregard for life. Do you ever wonder why? Why do people have to live this way? You have heard the expressions, “Why can’t we all get along?” or “Live and let live.” Why don’t all people aspire to such ideas? I suppose, it is easier said than done. Human conditioning may not allow it. Greed does not allow it. Peace requires an incredible inner strength for someone trying not to get affected from everyday events and keep a can-do attitude in the midst of this chaotic environment.

While most of the press and TV seem to glorify human suffering to sell to a larger readership, get larger audiences, increase the amount of followers, we are left in the middle of the ocean on a raft, trying to live our lives and make sense of everything that goes on. How does someone get through all this? How can everything can be explained? What can we do?

I wish I had all of the answers. I wrestle with being peaceful and finding peace every day, but I think the writing is on the wall. All it takes, again, is having a look through history, and you can see that the pattern repeats itself. Over and over. You can see this cycle never ends, and you may not understand why.

If you find yourself suffering in any way, realize this – human dignity is priceless. Be the best you can be with what you have to work with whether education, resources, work etc. Never underestimate or lower yourself due to conditions you encounter. Your present conditions do not define the person you are or your worth as an individual.

Be open and ready to discuss issues and always try to negotiate a mutually beneficial solutions by being willing to give a little in order to get to your goals. Instead many prefer to criticize, become inflexible in their way of thinking which leads to disagreements, frustration, isolation and getting

As my parents taught me once, keep your head high. We all walk on the ground but some of us look at the stars. Try always to extend a helping hand to others no matter how much or how little you have.  Some people are so self absorbed with their own agendas of their everyday lives, that their viewpoint tends to get myopic.

Don’t hold grudges.

Do not hate. Hatred robs you of your energy. It takes so much out of you to be irate and miserable. It takes so much less to love.

Make a difference.

No matter what, be the change.

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Posted: July 28, 2014

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