❝ Bad politicians, terrorists, and the Zika virus will collectively wipe out the human race in the very near future, or at least sometime within the current news cycle. These introductory words might be funny if there weren’t so many people who find some truth in it.
Perhaps the biggest problem facing humanity today is not that the world is increasingly becoming a bad place to live but that we think that the world is becoming a bad place to live.
And why do we think this? Because that’s the perspective we are most often given (and we don’t choose to find alternative, more truthful perspectives).
Speak for yourself. With internet access, alternatives are only a click away.
❝ To illustrate my point in a simple way, think of how a typical evening newscast is structured: Out of 30 minutes airtime, approximately 28 minutes is filled with stories of tragic events around the world, stories of tragic events in our country, reports of threatening diseases, politics, and the commercials in between that suggest you can’t be happy without their product or service. The other two minutes, which always comes at the end of the newscast, is a heart-warming, human interest story.
Therefore, on the so-called “news,” you get more than 90% of disturbing stories and illusory advertisements and less than 10% of what is a much more accurate reflection of humanity…
❝ To arrive at a meaningful number for discussion purposes, let’s say that the total number of the world’s worst politicians, the terrorists, the most violent criminals, the terribly corrupt corporate types, and the just plain evil people in the world totals 7 million. That’s probably an incredibly high number. But for perspective’s sake that’s one-tenth of one percent of the world’s population.
In our quick unscientific observation, we can say that at as much as 99.9% of the world’s population are either good human beings or at least ones who don’t cause real problems for the others around them…
❝ Perhaps the real problem that exists in the world today is not bad human beings but the ignorant ones. When people can’t recognize illusion, or they simply prefer it to reality, the illusionists will remain the most powerful.
This is the point where I plug in what I call the standard internet question, e.g., ignorant or stupid. You needn’t be intellectually damaged, mentally ill or severely impaired and incapable of thinking. Just plain unwilling for whatever reasons to examine evidence, fact-based data to draw conclusions. All that is required is the kind of brainwashing many cultures embrace – which rejects the redirective thought process. You aren’t supposed to draw conclusions from fact especially if it contradicts superstition.
You can walk around and function well through the trivial aspects of your day and still be stupid about serious decisions. Like voting. Like volunteering for war. Like making life miseable for a new neighbor because of the color of their skin or their religion.
Thanks, Barry Ritholtz