Reasons to be cheerful?
Better go somewhere else if that’s what you are looking for. Not that I am advocating being gloomy or pessimistic, and not that I think that a cheerful spirit will not be an absolute necessity as part of preparation for your future. On the contrary.
But we need to be realistic, and part of that realism is to recognise the state of things as they actually are and the direction they are steering. Isn’t that a reasonable assertion?
Yes, I know that ‘being realistic’ is frowned on and discouraged these days (half the world thinks that it is holding us back from achieving our true potential – the ‘pie-in-the-sky-ers’ or the ‘reach-for-the-stars-fraternity’, and the other half would rather shut their eyes and ignore it completely – the ‘leave-me-alone-ers’ or the ‘I-can’t-hear-you-la-la-la-la-la-mob’), but that is a big part of the problem. Both are simply wrong. Recognising that, is the first step on the personal road to recovery of awareness of ones place in the scheme of things …and whether that brings you to a position of declaring that what happens here is only temporary and of no great importance in the long hereafter, or whether you find that this is all there is now or is ever going to be, then you all still have a vested interest in either making it a better experience so you may not have to repeat it over and over until you get it right or fail the test, or you make the choice to either sleep through it and never know what you might have missed or decide to take as much as you can from it and party on without a care until the bitter end …or you see this life and your part in it as something important, even though you are not entirely sure why, and you see your relationships with other people on the same journey, the creatures that you come across and the world you live and exist in, as things to be cherished and cared for as best you can, for as long as you can, and gain enjoyment, fulfillment and satisfaction from doing that, whatever it takes, no matter what happens afterwards and with no expectation of present or future reward. That is what I mean by ‘being realistic’.
OK, now you can read on… How Bad Can This Get, And How Fast?