By Willa Laski
I have always approached the world with a somewhat pessimistic mindset. As I grow up I am increasingly aware of the interactions of those around me, and I am more and more troubled by what I see. I see negativity everywhere. Across all forms of media, in the interactions of the people I look up to, and in the way the entire human race treats themselves and the world they live in. Am I just being pessimistic or is this simply the truth? Is the entire human race just careless, insensitive, and blind? Have we lost our empathy? Did we ever even have any to begin with? I may be a little pessimistic, but I know that this mindset is no healthy approach to life.
If we all just tried to understand each other, support each other, and lift each other up, the world would be a better place. Sure, it might sound silly and shallow. But you can’t ignore the fact that it’s true. If we all had empathy, if we all actually cared for each other, negativity would cease to exist. This isn’t a new concept, and yet it hasn’t been applied enough times, in enough social interactions, to actually create positive change. Why is this? Maybe its because the concept seems too lofty and unachievable. Empathy. Kindness. Compassion. Mindful awareness. They’re just a collection of buzzwords. Maybe this is what makes them so easy to talk about and hard to put in action.
Part of the reason that these concepts are hard to reenact is because people don’t understand how easily they work. It’s a simple mathematical concept. An increase of empathy is the independent variable, and the overall shift in the way humans interact with each other is the responding variable. Input and output. Small actions, repeated frequently, do have an impact. Growth in these independent variables will undoubtedly result in a kinder planet. A planet where it’s a little bit harder to be so pessimistic. A planet I want to live on.