For the last few weeks, I’ve found myself withdrawing from the general populace – I say “found myself” because I have not intentionally moved in this direction, I just noticed that I’ve not been comfortable in the company of many. Things – events that are unfolding around us seem to be ignored by the masses, but only obvious to [in my world] a few. There are so many distractions in which people seem to give their attention, the real stories are unfolding with little to no attention. If you live in the U.S., there are those who staunchly support certain politicians blindly for any number of reasons: then there are those who vehemently hate either the same politicians, or some others. Some strongly support the politicians who intend on running for the presidency next year merely because of gender while ignoring the persons faults and failures. As one person put it, “With several million people in the U.S., these are the only candidates that can be found to run for this office?”
Our distractions are numerous, and the majority of people enjoy distractions. Some of us prefer distractions from reality for any number of reasons or excuses – you choose which applies to you. In our advertising’s – no matter what country in which you live, sex plays a huge role in advertising. Other advertisers attempt to destroy the reputation of another company while attempting to build their reputation on the rubble of the one(s) they’ve destroyed. We’re constantly sold the idea that newer is better, without ever finding out how “newer” will affect our lives. We want the newest of something while trusting companies and governments to have our best interest in their hearts.
Others yet seek to fight governments and corporations, but pay no attention to how the fighting affects them. Kudos to those that are changing their eating habits from McDonald’s, but my question is, have you traded McDonald’s for another fast-food restaurant, or have you genuinely sought a better diet? In comparison, have you sought to do the same to such industry leaders as the Koch Brothers? These brothers are the ones that seek and often times succeed in buying the politicians you elect, they also start organizations to sway the future of society – while you’re distracted with other things. Can you, will you give up the products and conveniences they provide? All of the corporations they own are listed on the internet. How about Monsanto?
In the middle east, there are those that will support the “poor” Palestinians, but because it’s an emotional decision, these same people will side with a people who are at best, fictitious. A people in which even their leaders have admitted are fictitious, a people who are from many areas of the region, then claim Israel to be their homeland. History denies them, and their leaders, on occasion admit it’s only a propaganda war, and you support it willingly. For those who support them and other’s such as them anywhere in the world – in this day of easy to find information, this is nothing more than willful ignorance.
Very recently, I was just bouncing around in search engines and ran across literally “junk” that I had forgotten about, probably because such “junk” doesn’t exist here in Mexico (thank Heaven’s). One such internet magazine was showing TV program titles they call, “FAILS”. Most of the programs were from shows such as the “Jerry Springer Show” and “Maury”. Some of the worst television ever to hit the airways. While the U.S. is on their constant debate and distraction about whether Gay and Lesbian marriages should be legal, the real problems are an ever-growing population of literally stupid people: not just those who watch this programming, but the guests that appear on those programs. Whether you believe them to be genuine or not isn’t the issue, what appears in media is far too often taken seriously, not to mention how that influences others, “Look! See! I’m not the only one that lives/believes this way!” For the record, my belief concerning Gay and Lesbian marriage is this: As far as States are concerned, if the two people wishing to join in matrimony love each other [as any heterosexual couple does], the State should grant the license. After all, the States role is only for legal reasons such as, if one of the partners should die before the other, their property can legally be turned over to their mate. If a religious institution speaks out against such marriages, that’s their right to uphold their beliefs. If the two people really want to live together, legally or not, they will, so a marriage license is only a legal formality.
As for the Baltimore riots; we seem to have forgotten an old idiom, “It takes a community to raise children.” Everyone is placing blame on someone or something, or both, all the while denying that we’re a community, and now with the aid of technology, we’re a global community. Don’t believe it? How many people can you see throughout your day with their faces looking down into their smartphones and tablets? When was the last time you or others you know had a lengthy face-to-face conversation? Another distraction? Even here in Mexico, children and adults are virtually glued to their smartphones and MP3 music players. So, what was going on in the world while the world was, and is strongly or loosely glued to the happenings in Baltimore? Well, let’s see: the volcano in Chile erupted again, with just as much force as the first one, AND only hours apart, another strong volcano in Indonesia erupted. Both of these were so powerful, scientists around the world are monitoring the ash output via satellite. While that’s going on, a lake of lava in Hawaii has overflowed. By the way, do you know that not only is the magnetic north pole moving towards Siberia, Russia, but the magnetic south pole is moving to meet it? Do you know what the possible consequences are? These are only a couple of things going on that WILL eventually affect us all. Do you care?
While most people I know acknowledge that the world is changing for the worst, then agrees that a positive change needs to happen soon, each individual is far too distracted to be a leader, or even an individual for positive change. I see many reasons for the laissez faire attitude, ranging from:
- I need to support my family;
- I need to support my life-style;
- I don’t want to be homeless;
- I have bills to pay…
All of these are justifiable reasons, but is there something that you can do while fulfilling your personal obligations? Do your ends justify the means? Only you can answer these and other questions now, and in the future – no matter what the future brings.
While there is a constant battle for your attention, your money, your allegiances, the real world continues to ebb and flow without the attention of the masses. While you’re concentrating on your distractions, even the subtle ones that pit us against each other, the world continues in its downward spiral.
Whether you claim a religion, or not, everyone can see that we as a global society will not change – we will never, in our current way of life, accomplish a unity which will grant us the peace most of us want. There are far too many variations of peace, and as I’ve seen it, built upon someones Utopian ideals which work for that individual, or those of like-minds, but for those of us who disagree… ?
- To bring about peace, it has to start with you. If all you see is a war, whether a war of minds, thoughts, beliefs, life and lifestyle – that is how you will react. You will find something and someone to fight;
- If your distractions are self-indulgent, you’ll never find peace, not personally or globally;
- If you see a need for peace personally and globally, it has to start with you – even if it ends with you. If you have a “connection” with Someone/Something bigger than you, then you already know there is a “Master Plan”, and our “Free Will” is what will take us individually to a level which we can only speculate upon. No one has been “there”, so we can only imagine what the future holds. I’ve read and heard many different versions of what to expect – all I can say for the ones I know of is, as long as free will is granted to everyone, you may be on the correct path to a better future. After all, even if you come from a (loosely put) Judeo-Christian background, the G-d of the Bible didn’t create a religion, He only wants you, me… everyone to KNOW Him. Religions have a bad name because of men and women who want others to adhere to their beliefs. Grant everyone the freedom to choose as you have, it’s a start.
Our world is changing. How will you journey through it with the time you have? Peacefully, lovingly, or forcefully, with fear? How will you make a difference?
What’s distracting you?