The last days ever since 2021 started have been mixed. So much has happened in a short period of time. There has been the celebration of the new year, people have made their way into the U. S. Capitol, and in my ongoing studies as a Special Needs Nurse (Norwegian: Vernepleie) there have been many questions concerning the internship me and my classmates are having in the following weeks. I’ll also add the intrusion of the Capitol has now cost four human lives. In Norway, there has been a quick clay landslide that took ten human lives. The search for missing people started out as hopeful, but then started to take a completely different and deadly turn. I strongly feel for all those affected by the clay landslide, it is such saddening news. And for them to happen right before the New Year started, is even more tragic. I also have in the back of my mind the people that are dying each day in different locations of war and conflict as well – and it saddens me quite a bit to not see any coverage of those in the Norwegian media at the moment.
These days are generally still vastly colored by COVID, and it is easy to get worried. To me, it’s clear that COVID has brought about more time for reflection and change – I just hope and believe hatred and violence are not seen as the only means of accomplishing change. Therefore, I got worried with the event that took place in the Capitol. To me, it serves as a reminder of how we as human beings have always found it easy to tend to aggression and violence when we’ve “had enough”. Another question that strikes my mind, is what does aggression and violence really ever solve? What I know is that it it can hurt and damage other people, it can even take their lives. I am only lucky to not be living in a country of an ongoing war, but at the same time I know that there are so many out there who are not as fortunate.
The event at the U. S. Capitol can also remind us how 2021 has not taken us much further. The responsibility each country in this world has to educate and provide for its population varies incredibly depending on which country we choose to take a look at. These areas do clearly make a difference. In what ways does each government of each nation seek to care for its population, and how exactly does it affect them?
The increasing polarization between the left and right wing in the U.S is also not a trend I am appreciating. Polarization in the degree it seems to be appearing in the U. S. is never good news. I really do believe a president of a continent as big as that of the United States of America has a responsibility when it comes to their choice of words and actions. The entire population will take note in one way or the other. I do not, however, wish to get very political here – I just generally wanted to share the thoughts I’ve been having these days.
So, what can we do that will be able to provide change and have a positive impact on others that can fight e. g. polarization? Not all of us have vast economical resources, but for those that can offer a hand to others financially, that is a great thing to do to make an impact. In other words, I mean supporting foundations that support individuals or populations that are struggling socio-economically. Another great reminder we need to take into account, is that “
(…) we should operate from happiness, and not for happiness, and treat people with expectations of being treated the same.Fun with Philosophy
This takes a lot to achieve. We can’t always do this at all times, and it takes quite some resources of an individual to give and not to expect to receive. This isn’t always easy to execute, but I think we can all start with small efforts of kindness. Not all acts of kindness need to be huge to make an impact. Giving someone, either a stranger in an appropriate setting, or someone you know, a compliment. Letting others know in any way that you see them, in general all these sorts of small ways of enriching the lives of others. They can all contribute to making a positive impact on behalf of the world we live in. As we already know, the amount of hate and conflict is incredibly high, and I personally don’t believe we need an increase in those. I also believe that it is important for us to challenge others when we hear opinions that are injust or incorrect. And I particularly think that the way in which we should challenge others, needs to be in a controlled and calm manner. It’s easy to get carried away in proving someone wrong, but that’s not my point. By challenging others and their current opinions in complete calm and control of oneself, I believe we have tried to make them widen their perspective and reflect around the given issue/challenge. That makes way for more people not being so absolutely «certain» and «prompt» about their opinion. By speaking up, change is at least a lot more probable. Start thinking of your life as being connected with the lives of all those around you; and you might be looking at life through a different perspective.
Reflecting on my own life, I have always been a giver. A lot of years in my life I didn’t expect anything back, but that led to me feeling worn out and not appreciated. I then started to really appreciate those times where others would give back. Now, more than ever, I am extremely aware of how important it is to remember to take care of myself before taking care of others. In this way, I don’t wish to be selfish, I just know that I need to take care of myself enough to be able to take care of others in the long run. By that I mean we can’t tear ourselves apart for others to have it good all the time, we’ll eventually run out of the possibility of staying positive and treating others with kindness.
I guess you could say this is entirely off-topic from my academical journey, but right now I’m mainly preparing for the entrance exams of Semmelweis, working, and I’ll soon be going out into an internship over the next two months, as well as writing the bachelor thesis a close classmate of mine and I are writing. There aren’t really that many interesting things that can be said regarding those topics of my life right now.
Take care and stay safe,
You’ll be hearing from me,