I'm not quite sure when the universal conversation shift happened from trying to make it through each day with whatever it is that makes us smile and relax after a hard days work, to raging politics and heavy interests in the "right and wrong" of the world. Perhaps it has to do with the current political administrations and new found voices of minorities through social media outlets. Whatever the case may be, the world is in a state of semi-chaos. I say semi for one reason, ALL hope isn't COMPLETLY lost...just yet. Not quite yet. However, me being the type of person that I am, an observer rather than a talker (MOST of the time), I can see a broader spectrum of connections pertaining to the things going on. This may be looked down on as being too passive maybe, but I believe in order to speak intelligently about anything, it's best to be as aware as possible of the subject matter first. In saying all of this, one thing that I have observed personally (via all of my social media, news reports, as well as face to face interactions) is so much more against something/anything, than FOR something/anything else. Bear with me folks, as I indulge in one of my many socio-analytical tangents.
I will begin by speaking a bit about the platform of the current political party in the U.S. Now, I know it may be sort of depressing to go to the White House home page and not see Obama's sexiness, however, I took one for the team and went to take a look at the main issues the administration would like to tackle. Shockingly, almost every issue has to do with taking something away. The "energy plan" states that it wants to eliminate harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan (which actually reduces carbon pollution and increases energy efficiency). The "foreign policy" states that it wants to basically lock down our borders and defeat radical terrorists. This is actually stated as America's highest priority. The HIGHEST priority. Other issues include making the military strong (again) and standing up for the law enforcement community. Both of which are put in place to ensure control. Without getting too deep, I just want to point out that a lot of these "Issues" are based on what is "going wrong". The issues are backed by mostly fear. Fear of terrorists, fear of harmful policies, fear of riots, fear of war... just fear! Even the wording used is very depressing. Should the country really be terrified into compliance? The upper administration just basically seems against much more than it is for if you ask me.
On a smaller, more personal scale, I would like to talk about the act of protesting and boycotting. I am aware how sensitive people get when it comes to fighting for what they believe in, and that's actually awesome that so many people are extremely passionate. One thing that I have noticed, however, is the strong solidarity people have with boycotting a certain company, person, or entity....yet not so much to support. There was a point where I saw people boycotting a different thing almost every day. The hashtag #boycott such and such was quite common. On the flip side, I didn't see one thing to #support, ya know? (I'm sure there might have been SOME, but I personally didn't really see any at all.) There are plenty of good companies and people in the world that get overshadowed by the terrible ones. These days, with such high tensions, the focus seems to be shifted almost entirely to stopping what is wrong instead of helping to nurture what is right. Don't get me wrong though, I do understand. If a house is on fire, I'm gonna try to put that fire out before watering the lawn of the house next door. But it's also a good idea for SOMEONE to protect the undamaged house so it won't too become engulfed (I'm not sure if that metaphor was any good at all, but do you feel me?).
I don't know people... I guess what I'm trying to say is every once in a while, it's ok to shift our overall mentality from opposing negativity to promoting positivity. BOTH are necessary to create a better world. It may be true that one is more in need of our attention right now, but we can't let that lead us to completely neglecting other aspects of life. The aspects of life that are geared towards our advancement. Promoting and supporting is for sure a more long term goal that will happen over a period of time. It is not as pressing of an issue as helping people secure equal basic human rights. All I'm saying is keep it in mind. Perhaps people wouldn't be AS freaked out if the American policies weren't so anti everything. What about an American policy that stated every American gets a free laptop or something? What about a policy that implements an hour of meditation during the work day? What about instead of increasing the military size, increase foreign relationships so we won't NEED such an outrageous military in the first place? Just a few ideas!
While we are each trying to live our lives the best way we know how I hope that we are not overwhelmed with fears and all the bad in the world. There are plenty of good things to help us remember what we are fighting for. Keeping these in mind while still fighting for the things we believe in will keep the momentum going for everything. Ugh... life right? Crazy! I'm not sure about yall, but I for sure need positivity to keep me sane. Let me know your thoughts on this subject, I am quite curious to know if I'm on to something, or if I should just shut my hippie self up. Here is also a very nice article that explains the anti vs. pro approach to situations.
P.s. In a sort of related matter, I was talking to a friend the other day about dating. I asked them what sort of qualities they were looking for in a mate. This person began by listing a bunch of things they DIDN'T want them to be. It was interesting they started off negatively instead of "I DO want them to be...". Even in general conversation, people are much more inclined to engage when there is something they DON'T agree with than something they DO. Why is that? Is it so much harder to give words of encouragement rather than opposition?
P.p.s. The White House website is actually quite depressing. Nothing happy on there at all!
P.p.p.s. Whenever I do find myself in a super negative mood (with a complaint about every single thing going on), I'm gonna start stopping myself to name 3 things I'm grateful for. Also, for everything I boycott, I'm gonna find one thing I can support, and promote just as equally as protest.