In my previous article, Are We Living in a Post-Apocalyptic World?, I discussed the idea of our current status as a society being post-apocalyptic, and I think the recent riots in Ukraine have brought forth the truth of that argument even further.
While there have been many other similar protests and riots throughout the globe recently and over the past decade, this one really hit me in a different way for some reason, as if to say, “See, I told you so!“, like this is what is to come in the future as long as the old power structure remains intact, and the tyrants remain on their respective thrones.
The photos and video footage of the riots look like something out of a movie, and it’s just surreal. One of the videos showed a Polish reporter marching in the crowd with the protesters at the beginning of the riot, and it reminded me of scenes from the movie Gangs of New York, as the protesters were dressed in all types of makeshift armor carrying homemade weapons as they charged ahead to face off against the police, throwing molotov cocktails and any other objects that could cause some damage.
It looked brutal and real in a way that shook me up unlike other riots that seemed more like a few punks causing trouble, or at least that was how they were depicted by the media. This was more like two rival gangs meeting up to brawl, and the people just seemed so nonchalant about it, as if this is just what they do and it’s nothing out of the ordinary.
I think watching movies and even simply the news has really desensitized and filtered my perception, as everything always seems so much farther away from reality, because it’s not happening in my backyard where everything is always business as usual. It simply made it real for me in a way that hadn’t occurred before—that this is happening in the world, and it could very well be in the streets of my neighborhood soon enough.
So tying this in with my article on the post-apocalypse, this particular riot seemed to have surfaced in a way that proved my article was accurate, and it makes me wonder just how far away we are from the next stage of collapse.
This is all, of course, necessary in progressing forward to the next stage of development on the planet, as the old must fade away before the new can arise, but the question that we’re always left with is what do we about it in the mean time? How do we live with this situation?
Well, my answer to this before was to simply endure and survive. To add on further to that answer, I say don’t just survive, but live life as if you are on a perpetual vacation. When you’re on vacation, you’re in a relaxed state of mind. There is no stress, because there is no rush, no place you have to be on time, or if there is, it’s not a big deal if you’re late or experience some kind of mishap.
When you’re on vacation, your focus is on being present and enjoying yourself as much as possible, even though you’re still doing all of the things you typically do, anyway.
When you eat your food, you taste it more, because you’re not in a rush to get back to your busy life. If you start doing something and get interrupted, it’s not a big deal, since you can just finish the task later. You’re not so hard on yourself, and you’re not so stressed out.
If you can make your entire life a vacation, then you’re winning the game. There’s no score, no one keeping track, but you know the difference—there is no fooling yourself.
So, while life in this crazy world may not be perfect, within your own life you can strive to maintain harmony and experience gratitude in the moment. It’s a simple switch in your state of mind, but it is everything. Enjoy the wasteland!