Humanity is a very sick species and is fully to blame and responsible for the world’s problems. However, humanity is also responsible for the solutions, the love, the community, the peace, the healing and the change that is ever present.
If you look around you’ll see plenty of that. Just watch Ellen’s compilation of tear-jerker awesomeness if you need some reprieve from the news.
The good has always been there regardless of whether or not the media outlets choose to highlight it. Like I quoted last week from someplace online: “For every bad deed reported, 1000 good deeds go unreported.”
Social media does an incredible job of making us think the world is going to shit and it’s worse than ever before, but when hasn’t there been violence and insanity going on somewhere in the world?
Violence and insanity is nothing new.
Now we just have instant and perpetual access to the images, videos and updates from certain parts of the world as tragedies unfold, so it seems like more is happening and that’s all that’s happening, but is that really the case?
I don’t think so.
I also heard Jason Silva speak of this in one of his ‘Shots of Awe’ videos a year or two ago.
Contrary to what the media and certain leaders want us to believe, the rate of worldwide violence has decreased significantly over the past century.
Check out the graph from the Human Security Report Project, Uppsala Conflict Data Project, Peace Research Institute of Oslo here.
So while even one tragedy is one too many, our shock and fear and disbelief and sadness over what happens across the world doesn’t change the fact that things are actually improving.
Something to think about.
Will the Las Vegas horror story be the thing that inspires change in the states? I don’t know. One would hope.
Those with the real power (a country’s citizens) must come together and fight for what’s right and demand necessary change from those who are not personally invested in said changes.
Change is possible, inevitable, and it’s way past due.
Picture by Dallas Clayton