Too much

May 17, 2017 § 6 Comments

More and more these days, it feels as if the world is too much with me, to borrow a phrase from Wordsworth.

Between the woes at home and abroad, as you scan the headlines and timelines, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the world is ready to implode, right about now. You wouldn’t be wrong. Just the projections about global warming are enough to bring on major depression, and that’s without all the warmongering and posturing and lack of respect for human rights that characterises large parts of global politics.

And yet, and yet. If I walk way from social media, ignore the newspaper posters, and click off the radio’s marketplace patter, I see the world differently.  Because every morning when I turn into my street, the security guard on the corner and I exchange enthusiastic hand-waving and thumbs-upping. In the supermarket, a few blocks away the man at the till next to me regales both the teller and everyone within earshot with his ribald, good-natured jokes. A small girl waves at me as we pass on the street, beaming up at me with doe-eyed, gap-toothed innocence. The fruit vendor at the traffic lights smiles a greeting. My neighbours and I rush into the street to see if we can help when we hear the unmistakable sound of two cars colliding.

I know I can’t bury my head in the sand. But I also know that in this always-on, always-outraged, always-informed world, we are rich in knowledge and poor in wisdom. There’s a lot to take in, and most of it isn’t quality. And if it bleeds it leads – so it’s always going to be bad news.

So sometimes, it pays to withdraw from that cycle altogether. Because believe me, the truly important news will get to you. Log out, switch off, disconnect, and reconnect to your fellow human beings in the tiny moments that make up an ordinary day.

It’s the only antidote I know – reminding yourself that it’s not the whole world that’s gone mad. There are many, many decent people all around us, every day. We just have to stop to look them in the eye sometimes, and say hello.


§ 6 Responses to Too much

  • Shannon says:

    Amazing! Exactly what I’ve been thinking and feeling but put forward in a much more eloquent way. Thank you

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  • charliesbird says:

    “rich in knowledge, poor in wisdom” – love that – I’ll be quoting you.


  • Claire Wood says:

    This was a well-timed read for me. Since the cabinet reshuffle, I have been far too plugged in – to the point of feeling guilty if I listen to music on my commute, instead of talk radio. No surprise that I’m feeling emotionally shattered at the moment. So I’ll be taking your good advice, starting with a rousing session of Kar Karaoke this afternoon!

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  • Neil Higgs says:

    Dear Mandy,

    This is a wonderful piece. I love your posts and articles for many reasons:

    1. You write so beautifully that they are just a joy to read. 2. Your articles are so thoughtful. 3. I always reflect on things more when I have read one of your articles. 4. I look forward to the next one.

    This one, though, is extra special – probably because it is exactly what I experience every day, to the extent that my wife and I have made it a deliberate thing to engage with ordinary people and just show humanity. I have been championing the issue of human dignity for years. Your article is just lovely.

    Kind regards,

    Neil Higgs

    Sent from my iPad


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  • Wine With Friends says:

    I do agree with you! We really have to find the small pockets of serenity and that will help us keep a perspective that believes in the “good will win in the end” thinking. It is hard being an optimist and raising kids with hope in this environment, I must admit, but I will die trying


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