Before I begin, let me say this: This isn't going to be a blog post on anything stupid, this may sound cliché but it isn't. This is an important issue that needs to be addressed. And I realize many of you are going to disregard it and say it's an over dramatic post, saying I don't really understand the world. But I do. It's why I'm good at writing. It's why people come to me for advice.
The point is, every day, more and more people are becoming stressed, depressed, or even harming themselves. The reason isn't entirely important. But, in a sense it is.
Recently, someone in an engineering class I'm taking asked the teacher, on the topic of equations for mean, median, range, and stuff like that, why we need to learn about it, when we'll always have a calculator, since he's never away from his phone. My first thought was, 'Are there really people who never leave their phones down or at home?' Now, I know I'm a young adult, and I'm writing this post on my phone, but I go on walks or on trips to the store without my phone. It stresses me out sometimes. People text me, expecting a response. Then they keep texting like I'm on it doing something, getting angered when I don't answer. I've gone full days without my phone before, and they've been some of the best and worst days.
So over the past few days, thoughts have been turning around in my mind. Spending time with one of the men I'm named after helped guide these thoughts quite a bit, too, but nonetheless, these thoughts have dawned on me. Information is constantly at our fingertips. We could get up-to-the-minute traffic in Bangladesh if we wanted it. Politicians have always been dirty, but technology no longer gives them time to cover up their mistakes. Knowing this, we hear many more sad and depressing things, since, as humans, we tend to care for and worry about people in need. It's human nature, no matter what you believe in. Therefore, in theory, don't sad things stick with us longer than happy things, if we're engineered to care for one another?
So, on another note, it's 2016. The year of acceptance. But, for every person that accepts, there is a person or two that rejects. The end of slavery didn't just happen. America didn't just happen. We have to fight for things. We can't just have the idea that things just happen, because they don't. Everyone in America has heard the saying, "You can be whatever you want to be", but we forget the second half: "If you work for it."
Perhaps this is why we're so linked to our cell phones, doing nothing with our time, because we expect things to happen. Also, if we expect things to happen, we get sad when they don't. This has to have happened to everyone at at least one point in life. It's happened to me, and yes, I've been devastated, for the time. It's also human nature to give our hopes up. But there's a difference between working for something and getting failure, than not doing anything and still getting failure.
Perhaps this his is why people are more depressed than they've ever been. Because more than ever, we expect things to happen, and they don't.
Just some words of wisdoms, my two cents, if you will. Take these words how you like. But at least pay them some attentions and thought.
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