Perspective. Balance. Proportion.
Things can always get worse. Look at how bad [insert Group A herd] has it!
Things can be so much better! Look at how great it would be if [Event B] happened!
Things suck right now! Did you see where [Person C] went and [Event D]??!!
The world’s an amazing place right now! Compared to [Number between 100 and 300] years ago we can now [Routine Event E]! Compared to even [Number between 5 and 20] years ago we now don’t even think twice about [Routine Event F]!
All of the above are correct and valid statements.
“Reality” is somewhere in between.
This Thanksgiving Day (in the United States, but the rest of you are invited to play along) I hope we can all recognize how amazing our world is and take comfort and hope in how much better it gets every day in some ways, even if we’re focused elsewhere. Keep working to stop the backsliding and regression that’s taking place in many areas. It’s a complex, multi-dimensional puzzle, with accomplishments like bright stars in the matrix, offset by the occasional dark cancerous stains of the evils we still face.
We can have multiple thoughts in our heads at once. We can take hope from those bright stars while recognizing and fighting those stains, working to repair the damage they’re doing to our society.
Celebrate the victories. Keep the faith. Keep fighting to stop and destroy the cancers in the body societal.
Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.