It is amazing what we can get used to as a human being. After 15 years of seeing clients, it still amazes me how even in the most messed up situations people can find a way to normalize it so they can cope with it better. In traumatic situations like war or war-torn societies it literally is the only coping strategy that people have to stay alive and not think about how awful and scary their situation is. Its literally the difference between life and death.
The only draw back of that coping strategy is that in one situation it helps you survive…in other situations it is the very thing that will ensure your demise. How is that possible you ask? Simple, a solider’s brain will adapt and turn off many of the emotions that they would normally feel by seeing a dead body or seeing somebody blown up in front of them so they can keep functioning and stay alive. A child in a war torn nation will not react to seeing blood splatters and bullet holes on their streets so they can keep functioning and survive. It works in those environments but what happens when we get used to things that we shouldn’t get used to?
That is the crux of where we are at as a country right now. Emotions can be something that overwhelm us in traumatic situations and need to be turned off so we can survive. But emotions are also a huge warning system to let us know something is not right and the emotion will not go away until we fix the problem. That is where this defense system goes awry because we can get used to anything and by not feeling the emotion we are not outraged and if we are not outraged we don’t care and we don’t do anything about it. Therefore nothing is done and nothing changes and we are okay with things that surely are not okay.
So here we are 30 days into a government shutdown, our country more divided than ever, people hating each other more than ever, families being torn apart from the current state of division, media personalities openly celebrating the illness of a supreme court judge, children being used as pawns by the media and politicians for their own gain (shooting victims, MAGA Hat Boy, immigrants, etc.), victims of crime being de-humanized for political gain, nothing being able to get get done in our government….the list goes on and on.
Things are not good in any way shape or form but like a frog in boiling water or a solider in a war zone…we are somehow okay with all of this. If anything, the media and the political campaigns are actually stoking that intense emotion for their own gain and unleashing against each other for their gain. So instead of being angry at the actual people who are creating the mess, we are directing that anger out on each other where the only people who win is them. Why are we okay with any of this that is going on? Things are so messed up and the collateral damage that I see in my office is just staggering. It makes me so angry that I almost can’t see straight.
This is why The Reporters exists…its for everyone who is tired of seeing all of the problems of the world and is not okay with it. We are not going to pit people against each other for clicks or viewers…we are uniting us to think for ourselves, see the world for what it is, and direct our energy into taking actions that will be a catalyst for change.
I think the words of John F Kennedy summarize our mission statement the best:
We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.