mnmlist: Why we’re desensitised
Sometimes it’s all a bit much. I watch the news and, apart from the bit at the end
with a cat that plays the viola and the one-legged tapdancing squirrel, it’s all bad. Sometimes this gets to me.
I watch and think, “Our world is really messed up.”
What surprises me is our collective ability to cope with our daily diet of dire news.
I think what’s happened is that we’ve turned down the volume on everything. We have learnt to cope with the bad stuff by muffling our senses to all the negative news that is inputted and it’s quite a good way of coping. Unfortunately there is a down side. We can’t just muffle our senses to the bad stuff alone. The beautiful things in our lives that are more subtle and smaller in scale become imperceptible. The thrills we need when we’ve turned the volume of life down, need to be bigger and louder and increasingly extreme. If they’re not, they simply don’t register. We’ve lost the ability to smell the flowers (metaphorical or otherwise), to feel our child’s hand in ours, to savour a coffee or enjoy a solitary walk. Small stuff.
So the answer? (You often get these at the end of blog posts.) I don’t know. I’m just trying to enjoy the small stuff.
“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates
What a bloke and a great idea. I’m
off now to enjoy the small pleasure of completing a blog post.