It would be so nice to just forget the problems of the world, to be happy, keep one’s head down, do your own thing, not worry about anything. Sometimes I actually succeed in this. A weekend arrives, and I go get my groceries, household tasks done. I go out to eat, or to the nightclub, and try to have a good time. But the media is ever present these days - like an omniscient conscience that keeps reaching out of my TV or computer screen, grabs me by the shirt and says, “Hey, you uncaring boob. This woman’s son just got gunned down for no reason. Or that middle school teacher just got charged with 50 counts of sexual abuse. Or the Russians are offloading troops in Syria.”
Then I get wound up and angry. The clincher is when I log onto Facebook, and there are the posts of conscience and injustice, assaulting my eyeballs. What right do I have to breathe the air in my own free space when such horrifics are going on everywhere. So I unleash my temper through typing fingers, posting venom and ichor of my own. And on it goes, nearly every day.
Whereas before the barrage of 24-hour nonstop media, one could comfortably ignore the numerous injustices going on around us at one time, and blithely, cheerfully lead a reasonably happy life. Not any more! Now you will care whether you want to or not - cannot escape the images, the statements. Maybe this is to the good. Perpetrators can be brought to justice, victims can be helped, injustices redressed. But I can’t help but wonder, the rest of us are left in a state of constant, low-level tension, never quite feeling like we have done what we should.
Because somewhere, in Uganda or Syria or the Congo, someone is being hacked up, raped, murdered, or bullied. They always have been, and they always will be. While it is good to care, most of the time there is little or nothing we can do. And that is not our fault. We are still okay, and we can still strive to have a good day. No matter what happens - anywhere. This has probably been said elsewhere, but I was feeling tense and anxious tonight, so just had to say it again. Thanks for reading.