The world is a wonderful and beautiful place to be, but it isn’t perfect. The internet has provided us with a method of global communication that allows humans to be more informed than any other generation in history. Being informed is important, but the world is bigger than one person. And with news headlines pouring in of tragedy and injustice from all around the world, it can become overwhelming.

The Gallup/Knight Foundation found that “62% of Americans find it harder to be well-informed because people have to sort through lots of information to determine what is true or important.”

This is a scary statistic for me. I have personally looked at the news and come across articles detailing horrific events happening to people around the world through natural disasters, corrupt governments, violent organizations amongst others. These are scary things that would upset most people and are things that no sane person would turn a blind eye to if it was happening right in front of their eyes, but the problem is, it’s not.

In a study done by the Reuters Institute in 2017, they found that 38% of Americans sometimes or often avoid the news. Across all countries they polled, 48% of people did so because “It can have a negative effect on (their) mood.” I have found myself at times avoiding the news for the same reasons, but is that okay? I don’t think so.

It’s important to manage your mental health accordingly; but if we want to progress as a society in a helpful and moral way, it is imperative that we take the time to understand what’s going on in the world. This can help you do what you can to leave Earth better than when you came.

But what can I do? I hear you say: “I’m just one out of over 7 billion people on this planet.” You can do more than you think. An artist can share a piece drawing attention to a cause, and a business minded person can use their marketing skills to put together an event. An engineer can create an affordable solution to give people access to utilities, and the list goes on.

There are plenty of organizations like that help people interested in making a change do just that. I guarantee that helping preserve the lives of another is much more gratifying than finishing your Game of Thrones binge. Enjoy the beauties of life. That’s what we’re here for; but when things get ugly, don’t turn a blind eye.

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