And btw, it'd be kinda nice if some +40's or so could chip in now with their views, I'm feeling damn old with all the 20 + or - 1 qualifications going on.
Not 40+, how about 35? Or does that just make me a bit ahead of my time? :)
I can't remember the last time I turned on the news, or read a paper, expecting to be informed. The last time I voted was when I was 18.
I often wonder, is that when I became apathetic, or when I suddenly realized what was really happening? Did the Republican and Democratic parties suddenly become identical, or did I finally notice neither actually accomplished anything? Least of all, thier campaign "promises" ("...read my lips, no new taxes...").
Like Signal 11, I reject mainstream media as usefull: I did not follow even a microsecond of the election.
NPR and such may be less biased, but to my mind, equally useless. More equal maybe. But unless it stirs people to action, what good is it? What do those from NPR DO to solve the problems? What do thier listeners do? Do they report solutions and success stories, or just the problems? Do they report hope as well as dismay? Perhaps I'm to hard on them. Admitadly, solutions start with awareness. But awareness without action is hardly an advancement to be proud of.
The news media may be biased and sensationalist, but that's human nature, so not the problem (except for the gullible). Filter the news, just like you would water cooler gossip.
About 8th grade, I started reading fantasy novels. In Fantasy novels, a Baker's apprentice can kill the dragon, save the girl and be crowned king of the world. One person can make a world shaping, positive impact.
The problem with todays media flood, is it made us realize just how insignificant we as individuals really are. What can I do about Isreal? Fiji? Even our own, corrupt government?
Damn little it would seem.
Nobody wants to feel insignificant. Generally speaking, everyone wants to make an impact, wants to be make positive change. Our daily flood of information just makes it obvious there is too much for any single person or group.
The only hope I can see, is to pick a single area you can impact and focus on it. Something you can believe in. Give as you are best equiped.
Unfortunatly, even that is a back-handed solution, because those around you will argue with you the importance of your cause versus thiers. Not one side versus the other, but rather my cause is more important than yours (rainforest vs middle east peace). Then, if you survive that, those within your cause, will question the level of your effort and dedication.
Sounds like fun, eh?
To blow the dust off some mostly forgoten religion, recall the story of the old women giving her last pennies, versus the bags of money from richer members.
It's important to give what you can, when you can, where you can. Planting a tree, saving a dog, walking an old lady across the street. These are all every bit as important as peace in the Middle East.
If you don't see the truth in this, you're the problem. One of the few things I have established as truth in todays world, no matter the appearance, there is no such thing as a "big" problem. Big problems are nothing more than a lot of little problems all rolled together. All big problems are solved, by breaking them down to thier little problems and solving each one, one at a time.
The little things may seem insignificant, but I garuntee you, if we all turned into Boy Scouts and did our one good deed a day, if young Isreali boys where taught the value of helping old Palastinian women across the street, none of this nonesense would be happening now...
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