Wednesday, July 27, 2016

I admit it...I have a problem



Anyone who has known me for even a short amount of time knows of my proclivity for sweets. 

To put it bluntly, I have a problem. 

Acknowledgement is always the first step, right?

Whether it is milk chocolate Lindt bars, dark chocolate truffles, espresso chocolate nougats, chocolate covered almonds, various types of ice cream, cakes, cookies, pies, etc. 

I want them all. 

I have eaten 3 pints of Häagen-Dazs this week alone (and it is only Wednesday). If you have never eaten an entire pint of ice cream, straight out of the container, in one setting, then we probably cannot be friends.

I have been known to have sweets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All in the same day. 

I would venture to guess that my blood, at this point, is 20-30% syrup. 

Something about sweets raises my endorphins. Just the thought of chocolate can sometimes make my heart skip a beat. Healthy? No. But do I care? No.

In fact, I am eating a Lindor truffle as I write this. 

Do you have a sweet tooth? 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Should we really lose faith?


I saw a public poll a couple of weeks ago stating that almost 90% of adults think that the world is going in the wrong direction. 

90%!!

While these feelings are understandable, are they really justified? 

I would venture to guess that the poll would have had the same results whether taken in 2016, 1996, 1965, 1917, 1850, or any other random year.

I think we are always inclined to believe that the world is going to hell in a hand-basket. 

Terrorism, famine, mass shootings, economic collapses, genocides, environmental degradation, etc. I can understand people's lack of faith in the world. 

But I do not agree with it

All of the aforementioned problems have been occurring for decades, if not longer. 

We have overcome a lot, as a species. We have survived two world wars, multiple genocides, the cold war, maniacal dictators, American Idol, etc. ​

More democracies exist today than at any other time in history. 

People are living longer than ever. 

The hole in the ozone layer is closing more and more every year. 

Volunteerism around the world is at an all-time high.

There is good happening in the world. But we lose sight of that because the only things making the news are the bad things. It is easy to fall into the trap of being blinded by the bad. 

Perhaps I am naive. It would not be the first time. 

What do you think? Is the world really worse off than it has ever been? Is there more bad than good?