Yes, it is hard to be happy when the world around us seems to be crumbling. Yes, there is racial injustice, violence and hopelessness all around us. Yes, we have two of the most unpopular presidential candidates in history. Yes, our computer and television screens show images of hopelessness around the clock.
The truth is we see more evil today than ever before. Yet, there is not more evil today than in the past. The murder rate has declined over time despite what a person might thing based on the news of mass shootings. http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/05/17/rick_nevin_murder_statistics_safest_year_ever.html
There are people alive today that were around when six million Jews were slaughtered in Europe. In my lifetime people could be denied service in restaurants based on the color of their skin. Woman were denied the right to vote until 1920.
Today we have an African American President. The next president of the United States may be a woman. Woman and minority citizens are CEO’s running major corporations.
Prior to 1973 the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) found that homosexuality was a mental disorder. Until 1986 sexual orientation was still considered in the DSM. Today gay marriage is a constitutional right.
During the Cold War we were at the brink of nuclear annihilation. Today the world’s nuclear arsenals have been reduced. The United State’s does not have a draft. The current military conflicts are mostly confined to the Middle-East.
Oil was almost completely gone in the 1970’s now it is at record low prices. More food can be grown with less land today then ever before. Almost everyone has a Smartphone. Almost everyone has indoor plumbing, a flat screen television and a refrigerator.
In addition you can be entertained for almost nothing anywhere you want. You can get any of my novels for less than five bucks on Kindle or Nook. You can watch movies on Netflix on your phone.
I live in a small town but I can get Sushi, Thai, Korean, Middle Eastern, Indian or almost any other type of food without driving more than ten minutes. I could get on a plane and be in Europe tomorrow. People will provide goods and services to me in exchange for paper or plastic.
We live in a time of miracles. Advances in technology,transportation and medical fields are moving forward at an amazing pace. I am not saying we need to ignore the social injustice in the world. I am simply suggesting we need to remember how far as a nation we have progressed.
In conclusion be happy. Be as happy as a clam. Be as happy as a dog with two tails. Be as happy as a lark. Be as happy as a kid in a candy store or a bird with a french fry.
FYI: Has anyone noted that Robin Tunney in the Craft looks a lot like Kristen Stewart in those vampire movies?