It’s very easy for people these days to complain about the problems in our society. Stagnant economy, high unemployment, skyrocketing debt, dependence on foreign counties for resources, robberies, theft, murders, increasing gun violence, gang-related crimes…the list goes on. In fact, it seems like there is very little left to not complain about.
It’s also very easy for people to blame one another. It’s the president’s fault. It’s the government’s fault. It’s society’s fault. I look around trying to find this “society” everyone seems to be pointing fingers at, but it is nowhere to be found. Perhaps because the people in it are too busy being oblivious to the problems and giving up.
By rendering our problems as insolvable, we are disgracing the previous generations. We are not the only generation to face the burden of such problems, and it is ignorant of us to disregard the various issues of the past. The Roaring 20s? Yes, a time of prosperity, but it also demonstrated a lack of moral and intellectual substance throughout the country. The Great Depression? By far, the largest economic recession in American history. The Civil Rights Movement? A blatant proof of the racism and segregation present in the past.
No, I’m not trying to give you a history lesson, and no, we shouldn’t be content with the way things are now. But it’s important to realize that progression needs creativity, innovation, and most of all—time. It’s not a microwavable food with simple, easy-to-read instructions on the box. If that were the case, all of our problems would be solved in a swift 30 seconds, with the touch of a button.
Moreover, it’s important to remember the harsh struggles that the people before us faced—and survived. I know I may sound like a naïve and blind optimist, but the truth of the matter is that we need renewed faith and patience.
As a member of the 21st century, it’s impossible for me to imagine a time when the threat of nuclear war was always existent or a time when white people and colored people lived in different worlds. Regardless of the struggles we are currently facing, I’m thankful to live in this time period, where diversity is not only accepted, but celebrated; and where the advancement of technology is continually bettering society.
We have come a long way, and despite all the bad news, we’re not stuck; we’re still moving on the path of progress.