"In the light, where do shadows hide?" - Orson Scott Card, on the title page of one of my sister's friends' copies of Pathfinder
We all live on the same planet, right? In the same universe? The same stuff happens in my universe as it does in your universe.
Then why do we all have such different perceptions of it?
Some people hate the world.
Some like the world but don't think it matters much.
Some people think our country sucks and all of civilization is headed down the tubes.
Some people are filled with happiness at the thought of the future.
I listen to my dad rant, and then I'm filled with anger towards the government, towards religion, and towards that driver who won't speed up after cutting us off.
I watch the vlogbrothers, or read articles by Cory Doctorow, and I am filled with optimism and love for the human race.
Then I hear about people starving after floods in Pakistan, or the Koreas bombing each other, and I feel nothing but despair.
I think about my own personal future, and I am filled with anxiety. There's so much I don't know. So much that will change between now and when I graduate from college. How can I plan for that when I can't even predict...anything?
And if we all live on the same planet, why does everyone feel so differently about...everything?
When it comes to politics, its not that Republicans are wrong and Democrats are right (or the other way around). It's that both groups have opinions as to what is important and how we can better the country, and those opinions are different.
Again: If we all live on the same planet, why don't they agree? It's the same world, with the same people, and the same events.
This sounds like a plea for peace and giving into each other just for the sake of ending the arguments. It's not. I'm simply wondering.
And speaking of Cory Doctorow, here's an article that I read today, and loved: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/nov/02/cory-doctorow-children-and-computers