I've been researching for an essay on investigative journalism this week,
which is gradually sapping my will to live.
There is nothing like trawling through endless articles
on all the death and mayhem in the world
to make you lose faith in humanity.
One of the things I like about studying Sociology
is that a lot of very clever people have wrestled with the problems
of the world and offered theories about this.
However even in spite of this,
I have to say it is hard to see a cure for all the injustice
and inequality that is taking place right this very moment.
Part of me just wants to pretend it isn't happening.
We don't have tv in our home,
so it is fairly easy to ignore the problems in the world by just not following the news.
No matter how tempting it is to turn a blind eye,
I think that history teaches us thats the way to allowing
terrible things to continue happening to other people
(the Holocaust for example).
Having said that, there just seems to be so much stuff going on in the world
that I have no idea what one person can do,
or even a collective of individuals to make a difference.
A Sociologist I admire, called Manuel Castells,
writes about Risk Society, where (as I understand it)
humanity needs to use the tools that we have
(such as global communication and technology)
to work together and effect real change and ensure a future for the planet.
I don't have any answers.
I'm not sure if it is enough to be raising children
who learn to respect those around them,
to be contributing humans and to follow their dreams.
I know that I can't really fix problems one quilt at a time,
(although I do try).
I guess the most important thing
if there is to be hope for the future is not to hide from the problems,
but to engage with them, to talk to each other about them,
so share those uncomfortable posts on Facebook
(last Sunday my feed was full of pictures of drowned children).
Because the minute we decide it is someone else's problem
then that's the moment we give up hope.