A Negative World

Is it possible to turn a negative society to a positive one?

For someone dealing with depression day in and day out, it’s already difficult for me to be positive on a daily basis, however it’s even more difficult when society is so negative these days.  It seems that every time I turn around someone is either offended by something on the TV, radio, social media, on clothing, etc.  What cracks me about about those that are offended by everything, they think they can file a petition to have that item of clothing removed from the shelves, that TV show taken off the air, or that commercial taken down all because THEY didn’t like something about it.  Heaven forbid they just walk away, change the channel, or turn the TV off.  Why force your opinion of something on everyone else?  I’ll get into that later on down.  I’m not sure if society has always been this touchy or if it’s just more noticeable due to the internet and social media now, but it has brought on a serious dark cloud of negativity on the world.

When Facebook first became available to the public, I jumped on that bandwagon because I thought it would be an exciting way to either meet new friends, keep in touch with family/friends that are in other states, or both.  I’m now starting to regret ever getting involved in social media because every time I get on it, someone is complaining about something that, to me, seems like a ridiculous and waste of time complaint.  Now, before you jump all over me for that comment, take a step back because you’ve all thought that.  I have no issue at all with someone expressing their opinion, but when you start telling others that their opinion is wrong and the name calling starts, that’s when I shake my head and roll my eyes.  Since when is an opinion wrong?  Let’s take a look at the glossary definition of opinion here: “a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.”  As you can see, an opinion is not based on fact, therefore cannot be wrong.  Everyone has an opinion about everything and with social media and the internet, it seems everyone feels safe voicing that opinion.  Good on them.  My main issue, is still with those that tell people their opinion is wrong and also those that insist their opinion is the only opinion that should matter to anyone and if you don’t agree, well there is something wrong with you.  Well, I don’t agree.

It’s hard for people to believe anymore that you can still have a conversation with someone without belittling them every chance you get and telling them they’re wrong because their opinion differs from yours and especially with no name calling or insults.  I mean seriously, how old are we?

I also find it difficult to join almost any conversation on any public forum because of the keyboard warriors.  You know those people, the ones that bully everyone and feel safe doing so because they are behind their keyboard and would likely never even step to a person in person.  It’s great you feel such power, but try using your power for good.  Let’s spread some happiness, cheer, and positivity instead of constant anger and negativity.

Back to the negative world.  If you look at the News these days, it is very rare that the media focuses on uplifting stories anymore.  Being an empath and someone who suffers from depression, I can’t watch the news anymore due to all the negativity and hate.  All the negativity and hate has always been around, but I seriously believe it has become more prominent due to social media.  There will be people that say it’s all due to the current President, and as much as I am not a fan of his, it’s not his fault.  He didn’t bring forth the hate and negativity; his followers just felt they were now empowered and allowed to show their hate more, but I honestly don’t believe that’s what he was wanting.

He says he wants to make America great again, however, I ask you, when was it ever great?  Was there ever a time when America was ever great for everyone living here?  No, there has never been a time.  I believe in making America great for everyone as this is a great country, but we need to start with tackling all the negativity and hate.  People are always going to hate what they hate and everyone will have a bout of negativity.  There is no getting rid of it completely and it would honestly be a very boring world if everyone was happy all the time.  We need a little variety and shaking up now and then, but it’s starting to become a very depressing country.

I could go on and on and on about this, but I think maybe I’ll end this here and come back to it again at a later time.  Something needs to be done.  We need to find a positive way to shake things up and get people to see how much better they would actually feel if they were positive instead of negative.  It has been medically proven that positivity is actually good for your health.  If you don’t believe me, check out the link below:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/positive-thinking/art-20043950

I love my friends and family and value their opinion, but I’ve seen how some of them talk to those whose opinion differs and this is why I choose to keep my opinions to myself.  I value their friendship and look beyond their negativity to see the good inside their soul; another benefit of being an empath.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. – Ghandi