Caring can get exhausting. I can see why so many people choose not to care. After all once you start caring the amount of things you need to care about, the sheer number of causes, injustices, and personal tales of grief, increases from that very first thing that pulled at your heart strings to become an avalanche of cares to bury you over your shoulders.
It’s worse with the internet. Before they had to call you or send a letter to your home. You had to either actively seek out, or know about, or have a real live person, activate your caring mechanism. Now it comes at you from all directions: twitter, Facebook, email, Google’s attention to your every little click so that it can feed you more content you might like. You could literally spend all day supporting causes, sharing links, ‘liking’ content, signing petitions, and emailing all your friends so they can share in the collective guilt and resolution.
Or you could go picket your local bank or civic center, or even Wall Street.
All of which is time-consuming and distracting from other things in life like: work, play, paying bills, and writing your great American novel.
So what do you do? I assume the best method would not to be ‘sweeping it under the rug’ because I have no need to remind anyone, least of all myself, that the world is going to hell in a hand cart faster than I can say “Jiminy Cricket”, but perhaps to pick and choose? Ah, but therein lies the rub? How do you find the one or two defining issues? How will you choose between saving the polar bears or the American mustang, or greenhouse emissions, or fighting the banks and corporate greed, or campaigning for your favorite political cause, or organic food, or gun control, or genetically modified organisms, or… or… or… you can fill in any of your favorite causes here, even if they differ from mine! The result is the same. We are overwhelmed. How do we take action, make a difference, and yet, still have a life, creative or otherwise, at the end of the day?
Tell me, how do you choose?