Friday, 20 November 2015

Where On Earth Are Our Minds?

This world we inhabit has always been insane, but we've been forced to sit up and take notice a bit more as of late.

When horrible tragedies, massacres and acts of war happen overseas in the majority world countries, we can easily and often accidentally ignore them, because our mainstream media often ignores them too - the information simply doesn't reach us. When they happen a lot closer to home, in Europe or North America, it's everywhere, and keeping our heads in the sand just isn't an option. It's one of the things that bothers me most about our media.

To have something happen close to home, like the events in Paris as of late, can often trigger a much-needed reality check in our own lives. I don't know about you all, but my mind has been filled with little more than thoughts of war and the devastation and destruction sweeping the world at the minute, and Syria in particular. Not to mention the horrible panicky response of many countries into considering closing and actually closing their borders; the innocent people whose lives have been shattered in both France and Syria this week, and those whose lives are ended and go unnoticed across the world every single day. It's heavy stuff, but ignoring it doesn't help.

It's times like this when it becomes difficult to think of the meaningless stuff - this is the first week in a long time that I couldn't actually tell you one single snippet of pop culture news - or even local news. I couldn't give a damn about my Instagram feed, or who's doing what on Snapchat either.

If anything, this is the reality check our world needs - we are so consumed by ridiculous and meaningless information, so hyped up and angry about things that don't really matter, that we forget what's really important, and where we should really be venting our energy. To think, almost two weeks ago, we were all debating a teenage girl's use of Photoshop on her Instagram account. Thinking back on it now - does any of it really matter? Who cares?

Yes, the ability to immerse ourselves in pop culture and celebrity news and all the rest is nice and frankly, a luxury. But we need to at least be able to keep one foot in this world, as battered and bruised and broken as it may be. How on earth are we going to be able to attempt to fix it, if our minds are immersed in something else?

What I'm saying is, and if there's any point to this rant, it's this: keep up with the Kardashians all you like, but for goodness' sake, don't forget to keep up with the real world too.
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