Be warned, this is one of those brain dump type posts. If you are a blogger you will understand what I mean, it’s one of those brilliant ideas that you get in the shower or just as you are going off to sleep, but when it comes to writing it down you don’t know where you are going to go with it, or indeed where you will end up. It’s too much information.
Listening to the news this morning, I began to feel really disillusioned with the world. It’s not a new feeling, I’ve felt this way for a long time. But, after enduring this current pandemic I’ve been on the verge of thinking is this the beginning of the end? Are we ending for an apocalypse of some kind? But, it’s not exactly new is it, we’ve been here before.
Flashback to the 80s, I would sit with friends in their house before a night out. Having a few sneaky alcoholic drinks because we were too young to be caught drinking in the family type clubs we’d attend. We’d start talking about what we would do if they dropped nuclear bombs on us. At the time the Cold War was a big threat. The end of the world was nigh! I wanted to be on my way home on a bus with no idea what was happening and get wiped out in the first flash. I never wanted to survive an apocalypse. (Of course these days, you’d have your mobile phone on and Have all the information in your hand.)
Maybe that’s part of today’s problems. Too much information!
News and Information Every Minute of Every Day
In my opinion we have been bombarded with too much information for too long now. We have 24 hour news, mobile phones, computers, and a total information overload. Everyone has their own opinion on just about everything. It seems like a good thing that we know everything that’s going on, but sometimes it’s so overwhelming and I think we are beginning to suffer. We are losing our humanity.
I am usually a person happiest in my own company and I only have a small circle of friends. I don’t engage in idle gossip and I try my best not to judge. Lock down has been fine for me. Yes, I miss going out and I do miss my family, but mostly, it’s pretty normal for me to be stuck at home all the time. I have a big family at home all the time so I still don’t get any real peace. But, I’m lucky to have them near because loneliness is so much worse.
I have changed, I have started to feel judgemental of people who are blatantly breaking lock down rules, I feel jealous of people who have been getting on with life without any concerns while at the same time battling with feelings of anger at them. I have felt myself get angrier at the government and even angrier at the media. I am frustrated and annoyed and despite trying to respect everyone has their own opinions, I have honestly felt like humanity is failing.
But There is Good Information Too
However, if you look at all the pre/post apocalyptic movies, humans are portrayed as violent, uncaring, selfish and basically inhuman. But instead we’ve had people stand up for so many basic human rights that have been buried for so long. People have marched because of the poor treatment of the black population, people have shown their support for women who have been abused for so long, and we have supported each other in simple every day ways which means so much to so many.
There have been many more ways we have shown how much we care for each other, even though some didn’t agree with the clapping for the carers, it did show a solidarity and appreciation for those that were on the front line fighting this pandemic.
We all had our hearts warmed by Sir Captain Tom who walked in his garden to raise money for the NHS and he is by far not the only one who has done so much for others.
From raising money to painting rainbows we have all shared the information to keep each other going through these difficult times.
Being stuck at home, with technology and constant news has bombarded us all with too much information. In normal times we’d be able to escape it all and find some peace. It’s hard to turn off and ignore it. There is not so much else to do and everyone is keen to keep connected in some way.
We have conflicting views on most things and now we also have plenty of time to voice them. News arrives and we all have our own opinions. So may conversations, so many different views, to much information all of the time. What to believe, who to trust, how to cope, where to go, what to do?
It’s an overload and we are reacting as humans. That makes us humane, doesn’t it?
Maybe it’s time to switch off for a while?