“Dark wings, dark words.” A Song of Ice and Fire fans know what that means. Those of you not familiar with that series may be familiar with the TV series based on it; Game of Thrones. In either series it means essentially ‘bad news travels fast’, brothers and sisters ain’t that the truth. Why is it that negativity has such a profound impact on our lives, we are bombarded with it all day every day and it seems to move at supersonic speed. It takes a conscious effort to avoid the negative content in any form of media, social or traditional. The ease at which we can access media in our time is unbelievable, the thing of fiction to generations before us really, the downside being that the negative content is inescapable. Scroll past as much as you want you can’t escape the headlines, more so when your friends share the same detrimental garbage repeatedly.
I have never been a fan of the news, it has always seemed so just say awful things when I had just finished watching 30 minute toy commercials with good out comes. The good guys won every day when drawn but when the real life stories came into the same room afterwards the bad guys always seem to be winning. Terrorists, killers, thieves, liars and dealers always seemed to be ahead. When the good guys did win it seemed that the system let them off easy every time…come to think of it that happened in the happier shows too, why didn’t someone put two in Cobra Commanders shiny face mask? I digress, it is no secret that the news is a hive of negativity and a few human interest puff pieces at the tail end do not do much to counter act the rest of the broadcast most of the time. While I never liked it I was in my early thirties when I read a few articles on how it impact our psyches and when I looked at those around me I did notice that the more negative personality people had they more likely it was they were very close followers of the news, While it is not a 100% true correlation I can still see it in friends and family that are negative almost as a default setting. While getting an update on the world is not a bad thing the tone and main focus really drags the world view into a dark corner doesn’t it? The more harm caused the more ‘important’ it is to get in our faces it seems.
There is the chicken and the egg conundrum to it all though isn’t there. Are people negative because they follow dark news and events or are dark news and events popular because most of the population are negative? Until social media really peaked I would have thought one way but now I wonder if humanity as a whole has a penchant for dwelling on the dark side. Scroll through any of your social media feeds and you will run across a great deal of negativity and hate ranging from minor outrage to near criminal levels of our worst isms. There is plenty of fuel for the fire too, national leaders, sports teams, movies, celebrities, books, any thing that can result in an opinion seems to spark the urge to spew negativity. I am not referring to legitimate poor reviews or constructive criticism, I mean those knee jerk rants and ignorant statements that serve no purpose but to shit on what ever doesn’t measure up in the eyes of the commentator. I’ m not saying we should agree with everything either but a constructive or informed expression seems to be hard to come by these days. There must be a better balance to the excessive negative content and just sticking our heads in the sand and pretending that unicorns are running the world because neither is a viable option.
There is also the relatively recent development of the status update that is frosting on the cake for me. I can avoid all sorts of input that is consistently negative, that is relatively easy once the ate identified but avoiding people is a tad trickier. Sure there are ways to deal with that too but how many times can you unfriend, unfollow or block people before you end up alone? Obviously it is easier with some folks than others but everyone has a bad day or rough patch in life to get through, they need to vent or put out a cry for help, been there and posted that. There are the ones that just seem to always look at the dark clouds and point them out to us all, to be fair I have had my bouts of that too. So I wonder often if it is the constant influx of negative content that promote the excessive ‘poor me’ attitude or if some of us are just incapable of breaking free of negativity. I do not believe anyone can live a life untouched by being negative at some point but the perpetual cycle some seem stuck in is mind blowing.
The internet often seems like a litter box and there are far too many jerk cats just waiting to soil the fresh contents the second it’s refilled. Big media love to remind us the world is nasty before they show us a few rays of sunshine, internet critics can’t wait to highlight what they see as wrong with everything, everyday people need to splatter their own dark view points all over our feeds just in case the first two didn’t get through. I may not spew rainbows forth from my 7 natural body openings nor should anyone but the constant barrage of late has me annoyed and really struggling to remember that my life isn’t that bad and the Earth is not such a miserable place to be once you shut out the negativity floating around.