You only have to turn on the news nowadays to hear about all the negative things going on in the world today. More often than not it is only the bad stuff you hear about. If you are a sensitive person then turning on the news each day will not do your personal physical and mental well being any good.
When we are more sensitive to the suffering of the world and find ourselves tearing up and the devastating events that the news covers it can be difficult to stop that empathic feelings from affecting you, even ruling your moods.
Some of us are more empathic than others and that's ok. We are all different. We all handle the news in different ways. For some it can trigger extreme emotions which start to impact the individual.
Take a sad movie for example, for some they can watch the film and not actually be emotionally affected by the film but some of us it is a completely different experience. For some people they become emotionally involved in the film where they actually immerse themselves fully in the film, so they are actually feeling the emotions of the actors as if they were actually living the story line. For these kind of empathic souls, the news itself can become an emotional rollercoaster that leaves them feeling emotionally exhausted, unable to stop thinking about the images they saw that day.
At the moment there have been so many stories of lives lost to hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes and terror attacks that I'm almost afraid to put the news on.
I am one of these people who actually empathize a little too much with what I see on the news. it can leave me feeling drained, upset and despondant about the current state of the world today. I can find it difficult to shake the feelings off long after I have turned off the news.
For someone who is very Empathic or who is a Highly Sensitive Person, the news can be simply too much.
I for one am not proud of the state of the world right now. We as a collective are letting ourselves down. We mistreat animals, put pigs in cages where they cannot move until they are ready to be slaughtered, dump dogs, puppies, cats and kittens that are an inconvenience. Animals WE domesticated and took away their ability to survive in the wild.
There are wars raging that we hear nothing about, where hundreds of innocent children die. There are children that die from dehydration and hunger every day in Third World countries.
Corporations are getting richer and richer and have less and less compassion for their workers who make that happen. Instead of being rewarded they are made to work with very little time off allowed so they can spend time with their families. Corporations are acting like they own the souls of these people and that their families comes second to their profits.
Sexual, domestic and childhood abuse has been found to be swept under the carpet and hushed up by people who have their own agendas for staying silent. It's the minority that are brave enough to step up and speak up.
Mental health issues are hushed up, people are encouraged not to discuss the pain they are suffering. Then when a mass shooting occurs like the one we had in Florida, it comes out that so many chose to turn the other way and ignore the warning signs. Scared to speak up and be the one to rock the boat.
We are chopping down our rainforests, there is climate change issues, pollution issues, government corruption issues.....am I proud to be human right now? No I am not!! For someone who feel deeply and cares deeply I am disappointed and horrified at the state we humans and our planet are in right now.
Every life on this earth should matter. Every life should matter more than money or guns or power. How can we change this? How can we turn this around? Because if we all sit there in our comfortable houses and switch off the news and choose to look the other way what will change.......nothing. Nothing will change.
How do we make a difference in the world? How do we become more accountable fo the state of the world today? I for one want to be proud of the world I live in. I want there to be peace. I want every child to have access to basic medication, food, water and a roof over their heads.
I want us to stop polluting our oceans. I want the greedy corporations to start treating their employees like they are trash, putting their profits second to their families.
I want us to be responsible and accountable. I WANT CHANGE! :)