Tuesday Open Thread ~ 13 NOV 18
Try to be kind to those you meet, for everyone is bearing a burden of their own. Don't take people for granted, but thank them for the little things that they do. I have never seen people acting with such aggressive foolishness and petty bullying in a very long time. What are they thinking?
This is not us. This is no way to live. Don't let the increase in wickedness, and gross disregard for the truth and other people by some, harden and embitter your hearts. Don't sell your soul so cheaply.
Working on a conceptual process to battle the harmful effects of pervasive media fear tactics. Scaring the masses into submissive thinking has gotten quite old. Keep hearing the same memes being replayed by the those around me. Fear, confusion and lacking in any countering strategies. Figure if we can put the purpose of fear tactics into perspective, it may not have as much traction in the worrying minds. Free thinking seems to be discouraged, as is independent critical analysis. Shielding sensibilities helps some, deflecting with humor or tuning out are other reactions. None of this actually solves the issues, but does allow us to maintain a bit of sanity in an otherwise crazy world.
How to maintain a healthy empathy without being bombarded with negativity is a challenge. On a personal level, we can somewhat control the flow of good vs. evil in our lives. As the issues expand in scope, our powers seem to diminish. What starts as a positive reaction can soon be turned around out in the larger sphere. I try not to take it personally. The good and rationally healthy thoughts may not get out in the wider world, but the contrary evil stays outside the door. Like a semi-permeable membrane or something. Ha, well anyway, try to keep the spirits up!
~ Credits: Picture "Autumn Still Life' Nailia Schwarz
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