I am sad lately, sad at where this world is heading and with this new “normal” we are seeing in basic humanity – murder based on race and revenge, acceptance of discriminatory views in our politicians, the intentional harm perpetrated on friends and family for selfish gain. What is happening? Why are we okay with destroying ourselves and the world we live in?
When I look at the last 7 years of my life, beginning with family drama and tragedy, and ending with the current state of our world, I see so much change for the worse that I am afraid for the future, and not just the distant future, but even next month, or next week, or tomorrow. I want to see everything on the news as distant and far removed from me and my tiny life, but the truth is that it is in my life and has been for a while. How can I be so shocked at all the pain and torment out there when my own sisters and my own son are guilty of the same? Except they didn’t intentionally harm strangers – they harmed their own flesh and blood.
What is normal anyways? I used to think it was honesty and empathy, the good in life, but now I think it is simply what we allow, good or bad, and I am seeing too much allowance of the bad lately. Is that just easier? Is it easier to allow the bad and harder to stand up and fight for the good – I think it is. But allowing the bad doesn’t just affect others, it comes down the line and affects each of is us as well. Just take the recent police murders (revenge against innocent officers, or at least not the ones who caused the desire for revenge) and the current presidential election (what happened to voting for the right person? why are we so divided by and loyal to political parties), both are causing harm to every person in our nation and yet is seems to be the new, accepted norm.
Closer to home, with my family, the new norm is either hurt those you love, or look the other way when someone else is doing it, pretend it isn’t happening. If we can’t get our own families to love and care, then how can we expect anyone else to? At what point and under what pressure do “normal” people turn from good to bad?
It is indeed a sad time, my friends…