Are you influenced by the world around you? In his book “How the News Makes Us Dumb: The Death of Wisdom in an Information Society” a certain
Professor C. John Sommerville at the University of Florida blames the news for making us less cultured. He claims we become desensitized to inhumane events because we see so much of the horrors on a daily basis.
The news also depresses us, he says, because it’s so large or global that it makes us feel governments rather than an individual have to change what’s happening. In other words, we feel powerless and futile to do anything about it. Those are feelings which, in the long run, can result in apathy and even depression.
During the 1840s a Dr Semmelweis worked in two clinics in Vienna and noticed that in one of the medical establishments the death rate was far higher (as much as 10 per cent). After some research he concluded that it was down to the spread of germs and recommended medical staff wash their hands in chlorinated lime solution prior to dealing with patients. As a result the death rate dropped to two per cent.
However, Dr Semmelweis became depressed and his recommendations (despite evidence of success) were dismissed. The medical establishment took offence at the inference that it was their lack of hygiene that was attributing to the deaths. He himself died later in hospital. But at least his intervention – however short-lasting – have saved thousands of lives.
Global Change Starts Locally. Don’t be the spectator in your own life ie wait for someone else to do something about changing an issue you feel strongly about. Do it yourself and make it a reality. Who else is going to do it after all?
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