by John Vibes
There are too many people in the world right now who want to deny the struggle. They want to turn a blind eye and remain blissfully ignorant about the real and legitimate hardships that are encountered by so many. On the polar opposite end of this mentality, is the mentality that things are so bad that they will never get better, and that the human journey is totally doomed.
It is understandable that these imbalanced ways of looking at the world are so common. They are both coping mechanisms that our subconscious minds use to deal with the very upsetting situations that surround us on a day to day basis. While adopting perspectives like this may make people feel better, and temporarily relieve them from the mental stress of reality, the hidden danger in this thinking is that it paralyzes people and prevents them from seriously taking action in the world.
This is an extremely unfortunate circumstance, because among these people are great minds who would be able to make a very positive difference if they actually did apply their skills and knowledge towards the problems that are being neglected.
On some level or another the traps of blissful ignorance and defeatism are something that we all run into. Even people who are focused on taking action are still periodically taken from their path by getting caught up in these distractions. Recently, I have noticed that I am frequently falling into the trap of defeatism, and looking back I have noticed that this is a tendency that I have carried with me my entire life. As I have noticed this error I have been attempting to improve the way that I look at the world and the way that I handle difficult situations. It has not been easy, but there have been small instances where I have been able to consciously overcome this bad habit.