reply to post by Inannamute
Yeah I agree with that - that for the most part some people aren't wishing the whole explosive End of the World...rather they are just want the pain
to end, the suffering to be no more and the evil within this world to but a distant memory.
Like you say, perhaps some people dream of being able to just wake up and the world is anew.
I do agree, however (and I'm not targetting this at you, just tossing out an opinion) in some ways I kinda see that as almost being a lack of
personal responsibility. The desire to just wake up and *hello* the problem is solved.
As sucky as it most certainly is - I don't think we (as in Mankind) are gonna get off that easy.
If this world is a mess, if this world has issues/problems/pain and suffering WE have had a nice big hand in bringing them into being...so too we can
have a hand in picking up the proverbial litter thats been strewn around rather than just point at it and complain theres litter everywhere and that
should clean it all up.
Give you an example:
I work within a Hospital setting - and our Nursing Staff-room often has empty sugar containers, or no tea, or no coffee (NO COFFEE!!!!
ARGH!!!!!)...yet people can't seem to be fagged taking 5 minutes out of their day to walk up a level, open up the store-room and bring down some more
sugar/tea/coffee or whatever.
Instead they comment "Theres no sugar" or "Theres no tea".
Next person will do the same, and the next and the next. People will complain and point out the fault but few will actually expend what little energy
and time it may take to actually rectify the *fault*.
Everyone is aware of the *fault*. Noone seems actually willing to do much more than utilise their time and energy to point it out and complain about
Normally I'm the one who refills the containers...why? Because I want a coffee and can't be fagged spending half a day moaning about an issue when
it'll take me 5 minutes to fix it. Its no big thing, and I'd rather not immerse myself in the poison of complaining. Its just a downer, gets you in
a bad mood and less positively focussed - and in the Health sector you really need to be positively focussed lest your negativity *spills over* to
your patients. Last thing they need.
Absolutely there are MAJOR issues in this world.
Absolutely many of them aren't as easily fixed as a short 5 minute walk to the storeroom and back.
Absolutely there are those who will do everything in their power to impede anything you do to rectify anything.
Absolutely its highly likely that much suffering, much pain etc will continue no matter what you do as an individual.
If you make a difference for ONE person - even if that person is yourself - then you HAVE made a change.
If you cause but ONE smile, you have made a change.
If you volunteer some time to a Soup Kitchen, or a Neighbourhood Watch group or some other social organisation you have made a change.
Will your individual actions actions make the whole world a rosey place? Probably not. But its likely it'll make it somewhat more rosey for that
The other offshoot of it is you may find its also made the world just a bit more rosey FOR YOU.
Working within the Health Sector and social services, Womens Refugees, Community Mental Health Teams, Rape Crisis, Youth Offending, Homeless Shelters
etc etc for some 14 years, yes, seen a whole bunch of evil and pain.
Just the other day we had an referral for an 11 year old girl, Meth Addict, has been frying/fried up since she was 10! And has been prostitued out to
other family members in payment for the supply...
...sick sick sick...yes indeed I do despair when I see such levels of evil...
...I'm just hoping that our work with this young girl will in some ways bring some light back to her darkness, and maybe - just maybe - keep her from
going down a darker road...
So - enough of the soapbox preachy novel-type reply...just really people. Sometimes hope is all you have...keep it burning.