I don’t care if its the state of our country or the state of World Wrestling Entertainment: you can make deductions based on certain patterns of behavior.
I’m assuming if you’re reading this blog, you have at least a basic understanding of the patterns that are emerging from our government i.e. a willingness and ability to get away with spying on journalists, jailing whistle blowers etc.
And because, as humans, we are blessed with the gift of logic, we can use these deductions to come to the conclusion that the state of our country is fucked up. Which leaves two choices: do something about it or do nothing.
Right now, most people are not doing shit. The exception to this are independent journalists, volunteers, activists, and perhaps a couple politicians. None of these people, however, have the reach that the mainstream media has over the minds and opinions of the majority of people. Because of that, nothing will change.
Which leaves us with a question: how do we fix that?
The sad truth is that there might not be any way to. Although the world is not going to fix itself, there is only so much you can do as an individual or even as a group. Change within government requires a certain kind of change of attitude in society. Since everything is fluid, attitudes change when things happen that cannot be ignored. For example, 9/11 had a profound affect on the dismantling of basic constitutional rights. The individual though may need something slightly smaller like how Bradley Manning was prompted to act based on observations he made in Iraq or how some people were turned into full-time activists because of Occupy Wall Street.
The world makes big changes through smaller, individual changes. I have the philosophy that we are all part of one big soul, and therefore the things the individual does ultimately affect society as a whole. If you follow this way of thinking, the only reasonable thing one can do is to inform and to learn, which is why I want to be a journalist.
I have a message to those reading this who are discouraged about the state of world affairs: don’t despair. Things come, and things go. Every generation has it’s own battles and moral choices to be made. But if you really want to help, share information, share articles; hell–share this blog (please); but never, ever, ever give up hope. It’s all we got at the moment.
With that said, I will leave you with an inspirational video from none other than Charlie Chaplin: