reply to post by Dianec
I've been browsing ATS for seven years. Yes, it can cause paranoia and anxiety. Yes, we're more informed than any other generation.
I'd also say that in general, things will fall apart over time. We're not on an even remotely sustainable course whatsoever. Somewhere down the line
WW3 is a possibility, but I don't see a point in worrying over it.
Five years ago, I had a different focus of control. I was entirely opposed to apathy, and considered anyone who didn't do much to be apathetic. My
perspective is now very layered. I see that many different types of people are willing to look the other way to stay in the now. All it takes is a
I used to focus on the external world, and believed I, no WE could control our destiny. I no longer am so naive. History shows that once cultural and
social complexities can no longer be maintained with a continuous flow of cheap and abundant energy and resources, they collapse. So I'm no longer
trying to control or influence my surroundings.
I view the culture as insane, the biproduct of assumptions that aren't evidenced, spanning a variety of spheres of influence which shape us all.
So yea, if you want to stop being so anxious, maybe practice acceptance and gratitude. I'm not saying to be like a monk, hell I'm damned devilish
from time to time. All I'm saying is that there's nothing that won't decay, and fall apart out there. Sometimes the rate of decay meets our
expectations, other times it falls short and that hurts us. It's up to us to set the baseline of what we find acceptable.
I find it interesting that collapse is realized, ultimately, in a lowering of standards, yet people are in collapse-denial, super-anxious, and
unwilling to accept what must be. That means we've still got a lot of time to go through this process.