May 4th, 2020
Sickness, old age and death are known to be a source of suffering, but now something else worries me besides this - rapid increase of disinformation and distrust into all institutions that used to present the pillars of unity, stability and peace, such as science, government (legal state), education and media. Distrust is a sibling of fear, uncertainty and seeking for a scapegoat, justified with overly simplified theories that incite hatred and divide the society. It is a dangerous mindset that can cause a lot of unnecessary suffering.
The opposite of such distrust is not blind faith, which is equally harmful mentality, equally enabling harm, but critical thinking and awareness that wisdom starts with sharpening one's own mind, not by judging others, searching for scapegoats or trying to explain the contradictions of the world by conspiracy theories.
Yes, the world can be a weird place and yes, we do not know many things that take place behind the curtains. Nevertheless, whom does it benefit if we take part in spreading division and distrust, or even in personal lives, does it help our path to live in constant distrust towards everything and everyone? This is suffering on its own, isn't it, and a fertile ground for the seeds of disinformation, which blame whichever other for one's misery.
So what is the alternative? Reason. Having a firm, stable goal based on one's own ethical values. Resilience in proceeding towards one's goal regardless the circumstances. Persistence in ethical goal gives us a firm spine, while reason helps us to pursue what benefits and abandon what is harmful. We cannot change the world, not all at once, but we can strengthen our own virtues, one drop at a time, knowing that each drop can have a ripple effect to the world around us.