Hope

I know that the world seems as though it's gone to hell in a handbasket. However, for those of us who've been around for over half a century, I can safely tell you, things have always seemed that way. Nevertheless, I encourage all of us to have gratitude and hope. Yes; wars, genocide, inflation, pandemics, murder, cruddy politics.... they're all ugly. But it all comes and goes. This too shall pass. We mustn't fret over what we can't control or dwell on yesteryear on what ifs. We must be thankful for what/who we do have in our lives now, no matter how meagre. Complaining, doom scrolling, hating those who think opposite us, and living in fear isn't getting us anywhere. Regardless of what deity/ies you worship, or don't... every breath we take is a gift that can easy be taken away from us tomorrow, or half an hour from now. We've got to all learn to get out of bed and slap a smile on our faces to greet the new day. No, life's not all a bed of roses, but we still have the power to create heaven or hell on this Earth, so long as we take charge of our own individual mindsets first. I still have hope. It's keeping me going.

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Anonymous

Feb 23, 2024 at 5:27pm

This post represents the ultimate in delusional thinking.

If you're talking about how to cope, not to jump off of the nearest bridge then you might have a point but the last time I looked Vancouver's 150.00 per month apartments have gone the way of the dinosaur - replaced by a dystopian hellscape of people forced to work for what is tantamount to slave wages just to keep themselves off of the streets.

While 100% corrupt politicians do everything for themselves and their friends and nothing for the people they are representing. Decades ago this shit simply didn't happen anywhere to the extent of today.

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Yes..

Feb 23, 2024 at 6:12pm

Absolutely

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Anonymous

Feb 23, 2024 at 6:51pm

Well said, but easier said than done. Seeing war mongering politicians banging their drums and seeing rich people like Mark Zuckerberg building their apocalyptic doomsday bunkers isn't a sight that inspires a lot of hope for the future.

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Division

Feb 24, 2024 at 9:06am

And Fear is a form of control- via pandemics, climate change, etc

Just look at which politicians and forms of mainstream media promote it, along with division... and bingo there is your enemy.

United we stand, divided we fall

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Yes, but wait…

Feb 25, 2024 at 2:05am

I can agree with some of what you said, but from my perspective as a person about to be 70, I disagree that it’s always been this way. Not in my lifetime it hasn’t. There are so many more issues now. Wars erupting all over the world. Massive homelessness in North America thanks to the ever increasing gap between the uber-rich and the rest of us, far too many people, climate change and extreme destruction of our natural environment, you name it. At least in this part of the world I see that it’s getting worse and worse every year, and frankly I’m very sad and scared for our young people because the world they inherited is nothing like the one we were lucky enough to live in for much of our young lives. All it takes is to watch what’s happening in the US to see just how far backwards things are slipping, getting progressively worse. I want to have hope, but I’m more of a realist.

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