Wednesday, 15 October 2014

We're All Afraid Of The World We Live In

Trick or treat? You've already met this year's greatest monster and the collected greatest fear. We're all afraid of the world we exist in, and sometimes we don't understand why.

At one point in my life, the world seemed to have reached a steady plateau, at least to me. I felt like the world was making very slow progress, but progress nonetheless. It seemed as though the world was becoming a more tolerant, understanding and loving place. Although the world would never become gentle or fair in it's methods, it was still spinning.

Except, nothing much has changed at all.

We rid the world of one enemy and along comes another. The next in line will always be waiting in the wings, and ready to face the world's soldiers. It's hard to pinpoint an exact evil when there are so many in the world. There are far too many callous offerings to blame just one. Take this year's ascension of ISIS. What once seemed a distant and exaggerated peril has become a real and grotesque threat to our nations.

ISIS have indulged in a litany of crimes, rooted in horror and intimidation at it's deadliest form. They encourage the enslavement of women, and women are forced to endure the cold violence of sexual crimes. ISIS have abused their self assigned authority in the name of fear and control, and the murders of British and American hostages have plagued the pages of the media. 

During the research for my September blog on the NATO Summit, I realised how much of the world needed to be spun in secrecy, and the dire need for cotton wool padding to protect ourselves. We're far from a world of quiet co-existence.

It's not only the globalised threats of nuclear weaponry and terrorism that clench it's grasp on the fear of the human race. It's the world itself, at it's very core.
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The world is nonsensical, and it gives few explanations. We say the world is a beautiful place, and on the surface it is exactly that. Majestic scenery, the animal kingdom, and a world walked by those who no longer suffer prejudice. A world where slavery was abolished is not the same world that enabled it. A world where gay couples can marry is not the same world where homosexuality had to be masked in shame. The world has come far, but as I've always said- it gives as much as it takes.

For the last month, all I've heard about is loss. A heavy dose of premature deaths, pivotal pains and sunless days have occupied the tired minds of friends, acquaintances and those that I used to know. 

Is it because I'm getting older? Someone told me once that the older you get, the more loss you see. Yet, I'm 24. And it's not my loss that I'm seeing, it's always someone else's- although, that could change in the bat of an eyelid. How does the world decide who deserves pain and who doesn't? 

It's just the luck of the draw.

Luck doesn't discriminate, it doesn't choose the players of the game or the game that gets played. It throws the dice and acts on chance.

This year's monster hiding under your bed? It's reality. It's the world in it's ugliest form.

It takes as much as it can, and gives as much as it chooses. Not even the luckiest of us can escape the harsh brutality of fate, or the grisly truths of broken humans in the age of distorted extremism.
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Most of us fear loss, we fear losing our loved ones, our livelihoods and ourselves. During our lifetimes we are faced with tremendous grief and isolation, yet we somehow claw our way out of the dark. 

Humans are compelled to feel strength. We feel pain on a daily basis, but we survive. That's why we need hope in the world. Hope that humanity can overcome it's flaws, it's desperation and it's darkness. We need to believe that we will make it, in despite of the revulsion that is released by the world. We have to hold onto the ideal that humans can stop destroying each other, and everything else. We have miles to go, but we can make the monsters we fear retreat into themselves.
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We still glow, when the world tries to distinguish the light. It's like a burning match fighting the chill of the Autumn wind, and against all odds, we stay alight. When the black shadows of the night hide in the corners of the room, and when darkness draws in, we create our own safety.
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