- Offering to stand with someone who's being singled out or bullied
- Treating everyone with respect, no matter their race/religion/sexuality
- Refusing to spread whatever fake news or hateful agenda is going around the internet
- Keeping gossip to a minimum
Surviving the Chaos
When I first created this website, I was determined to keep it light, fun, and educational. I wanted it to be a source of entertainment in this often bleak world, and I believe that I've done that fairly well. However, with the terrible events of the past week, I feel like it's time we step back and deal with the real world for a moment. There is so much hatred and fear in the world right now that it's almost impossible to wrap your head around it all. When did we forget that "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness"? Now, I am aware that the USA has never fully committed to those words, but they (and the rest of the Declaration of Independence) should still hold weight with those in charge. I could go on, but this article wasn't meant to be over politics. Instead, I want to talk about surviving in this fearful age.
1: Research your news.
I hate to break it to you, but most of those "news" stories you're sharing on Facebook and Twitter aren't true. The internet is one of our greatest inventions, but it lets us create and share fake news like wildfire. Satire and click bait sites are popping up almost daily, and it's nearly impossible to learn what's true and what's false. That's why it's extremely important to check the facts and research your sources.
I know it seems inconvenient to pause our busy lives to make sure what we're reading is fact, but it's much better than actively sharing a falsehood.
The best part is that you don't have to leave your computer. While you're reading, open a new tab and visit Snopes, FactCheck, or PolitiFact. These sites aren't perfect, but they will help you determine if the story is true or not.
The media is the biggest source of our fear and confusion, so imagine how much power we could take away if we held them accountable to the facts?
2: Be aware of obviously fake news sites.
The Onion, American News, The Borowitz Report, Natural News, Disclose TV, World Truth TV, InfoWars, and Clickhole are all examples of fake news sites. Some are satire, some are click bait, and some are just plain fake.
I'm not saying that you shouldn't like them; I've been known to enjoy The Onion on occasion, but just be aware that they actively promote false news and should not be taken as fact.
To visit these sites and more, check out Fake News Watch.
3: Spread the Love
I posted an article in April about ways to show Acts of Kindness and Love, and I believe we need this more than ever now. The only way to fight the hate is through love and kindness, but it's scary to think about being tender in such a hard time. Still, we can be helpful in many different ways.
The article I posted has several of those ways listed, but because of recent events, I would add:
I know this sounds counter productive, but it's honestly some good advice. The other night, I was overwhelmed with everything that I had seen and heard on the internet and didn't know how to deal with it. My husband, who's the best at calming me down, started telling me that I needed to let it go because there was nothing I could do about it.
And he was right.
There is only so much we can control, and it's our job to figure out what that is and let the rest of it go. We can worry about the fate of the country, or the world, all we want, but it's not going to change anything. Instead, calm your mind and focus on being prepared for whatever happens next. A calm mind will help you deal with the things you can change, and that will help you survive the chaos.
To relax, do something that brings you peace. For me, that includes meditation, prayer, writing, reading a favorite book, or simply sitting in a dark room with my husband and our dog beside me.
But that's me. For you, it might be cleaning, listening to music, taking a walk, riding a bike, or even going to the gym. Whatever it is, clear your mind and just let yourself relax. You'll feel better.
Before I end this article, I want to make it clear that these are my opinions and should only be taken as suggestions. I am not an expert in anything....I'm simply someone who wants to spread the love and enlighten those around me. If you have a comment about something I've said here, or if you have other suggestions, I would love to hear them! You can send them to my Facebook Page, or Email me at LadyErynn@gmail.com.
The world is a scary place right now. Let's do what we can to make it a little brighter.
The photos are my own.