Bradley Green reminds us all that we will, in fact, be okay. Before you decide that all hell has broken loose and we are all doomed, choose to look on the bright side of things.
The world is seemingly in greater depths of chaos every passing week. It almost feels like the stuff of nightmares or fantasy. A bizarre parallel universe where what is the norm is completely absurd and deceptive.
This obviously came into my mind in the wake of Trump’s election, not someone you’d ever truly expect to be the president of the United States. Not only this, but the constant troubles in the Middle East, ever heightened terrorist alerts, and international football weekends can certainly combine to appear as quite a fretful time to be alive. Yet, there is only so much worrying we can do without resorting to wearing tin foil hats and hoarding tinned foods.
The show must go on.
With all the atrocities of the world, sometimes it can be hard to see the light and laughter that is still most definitely there. It takes a greater bit of focus.
The beautiful and inspirational things will be amplified against the shady evil ones, which should make our appreciation even greater.
This is coming from a man who thinks the glass needs topping up regardless of whether it is half-full or half-empty. I genuinely don’t know if there’s more pessimism or optimism within me, but I certainly do appreciate the finer and more exciting things in life. It is certainly all too easy to get down by the current state of things, but that’s how they want you to feel.
Fear is power, laughter is light.
When you are in a bit of a pickle, it is sometimes difficult to see a way out, or at least anything positive at the end. Small, somewhat insignificant things that appear to be catastrophic at the time, always have an end.
Once you look back you know it wasn’t the end of things, merely a blip or a tarnish on the memory. It’s like when you are a naïve teenage boy and you are so madly, deeply in love with a girl in your class and it turns out that she’s not interested in you. It seems like the walls are closing in and you’ll never find such true love again.
The reality is that you are a daft pre-pubescent little boy with no concept of love or passion, and this is going to be an ongoing thing throughout life. It’s not necessarily catastrophic.
Comparing the world’s strife to teenage lust is perhaps not ideal, yet even during times of real hardship there has to be a way out – an end to it.
Imagine living through the plague. Well, it’s near impossible to imagine. It would have felt like the fate of humanity was sealed and that was it.
The end was nigh. In 5 years between 1347 and 1352, 25 million people died. Yet, humanity did survive and it actually probably helped in the long run.
By targeting the frail people of all ages and wiping out so many in such a short space of time, it left large parts of Europe with a shortage of workers, thus increasing the wage and decreasing the cost of products, which in turn increased the quality of living for masses of people. Rather crude and horrific, but effective nonetheless.
From wars to famine, dictatorships to broken hearts, there is always an end in sight no matter how distant it may appear. Sometimes it has to get a bit worse before it gets better. After all, it is still the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.