“Why do people do such things?” we ask, disturbed by the notion that someone could be so unhappy as to take their own life.
On another occasion, we contemplate the big picture. In our world there are nine hundred million people who go hungry daily, and two billion people who are malnourished. There is war. There is genocide. Innocents are hurt or destroyed. A loved one suffers from disease or distress….
How do we not get depressed by the world we live in?
Contemplating the world situation can be overwhelming, and many people in the real world have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, especially if they might be facing personal problems, health issues, family or possibly financial problems.
How does one cope with the enormity of it all, and get through these numbing times?
Religion helps many people to cope. Through religion, a person can learn to break down and compartmentalize an overwhelming issue and re-package it into a format that is more manageable for the individual. Ritual practices of established religions also can be a big help, especially if one is active within an organized religious structure, such as a church, synagogue, or mosque.
But for many people, the only means of surviving the deluge of negativity is to establish a connection to the world in which one lives; finding a way of putting matters into perspective that bring dulled senses alive. Despite the suffering and imperfection of this world, it is the only world we have. As individuals, we must find a way to persevere–and to flourish– despite the odds, as survival is the only choice.
I have found that my means of coping with the harshness of reality is by getting high… an endorphin rush generated by an hour’s brisk run and meditation brings on a “runner’s high”, and I can handle pretty much anything!