There’s an old saying that ignorance is bliss, and the more time progresses the the more people prove the statement to be correct, humans seem to be going through life with their blinders on for most of their lives in the hopes of not having to deal with the bad news that comes. (psychologytoday) We all do this to one extent or another, whether it be lying to ourselves about how important someone or something is to us, to blocking out the things we’ve heard or know about our loved ones, especially when one of those people may have a fatal illness, it’s can be a bit of a coping mechanism at times. (nih) The problem is that too many people seem to use it on too grand a scale, when you block out the ultimate demise about a loved family member or friend you’re doing it in order to shield your heart from the pain and loss once that day comes, when you refuse to acknowledge news that’s of great importance to societies existence on this planet you’re going far beyond strategic avoidance. (huffingtonpost) When you look at the news these days you’re bombarded by stories about which celebrity couples are pregnant, splitting, reuniting, or suspected of being intimate with one another, then you get one little blurb at the end about things that could threaten our ability to continue living on the planet, it’s a battle for ratings and unfortunately it seems that fame is more important than everything else these days. (soulpancake)
Over the last week and a half the most talked about news stories have been Solange Knowles attacking Jay-Z in an elevator and today’s wedding of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. (huffingtonpost) The problem with stories like this taking up the collective consciousness of the American public is that they overshadow much more important and life changing stories such as the breaking off of a massive ice shelf in Antarctica which is likely to cause oceans to rise. (iflscience) There comes a point where society needs to stop burying their head in the sand and start paying attention to the world around them, the problem is that there is so much money tied up in denying climate change that it blots out stories as important as ocean rise and the slow melting of the north and south poles. (scientificamerican) It’s no surprise that the primary force behind climate change denial is a pair of brothers with a massive connection to the oil industry, a business that will likely see a massive downturn due to the advancement of solar energy and other renewable energy sources in the hopes of saving the environment. (theguardian) It’s a shame that so many refuse to acknowledge the world changing around them, that the earth is getting hotter, and that society could very well be doomed as a result of these changes. Then again, ignorance IS bliss, right? If you don’t see it, it’s not really happening, although it could get very hard to breath with your head in the sand, especially when that sand is under water.