The following story, "If Hopelessness Is Trending in Your Head," was originally published on JohnPavlovitz.com.
We all have things trending in our heads at any given moment; words that occupy the daily bandwidth of our thoughts and monopolize our attention as we move through the world. These words become the lenses through which we see everything — our worth and significance, the day set before us, the life we want now, the future well beyond us.
The things trending in our heads have incredible power to lift or derail us in the present and so we need to make sure of something: we need to make sure they're not lies. We need to be certain that we do not begin to believe as gospel, what may not actually be true — lest we build our sense of peace and security in this day on something fraudulent.
When I look around right now I see many people for whom hopelessness seems to be trending; those worn down by a seemingly limitless stream of bad news, exhausted from their neverending battles; people depleted and bitter and concluding that there is little reason to keep going.
Friend, if you're there, I want you to know that I understand. I've been living alongside you there far too often, and that's why I want to tell you the truth in a lucid moment: hopelessness doesn't deserve to have the top spot in your head. It is not worth the joy it displaces. That hopelessness is a liar.
The bad news has a way of staying with us. We see things that outrage or terrify us, and we sticky note them so that they are forever in front of us, ever reminding us of how terrible it all is. We do this day after day, gradually accruing the evidence for why we should despair; seeing only the hurtful people, only the acts of violence, only the failures of humanity. The faces and the names and the images that discourage us become artificially magnified.
And all the while, we let goodness fly beneath the radar of our awareness; we allow countless acts of mercy and displays of courage and affirmations of decency come and go without acknowledging them, dwelling on them, metabolizing them into our hearts and being strengthened to keep going. We don't allow ourselves to see the infinite reasons to have hope. I want you to see them.
The truth is, dear friend: there are far more people in this place working for equality, diversity, love, and justice than opposing them — and it isn't even close. There are hundreds of millions of people in this world who (just like you) wake up every day trying to be the kind of person the world needs; lavish with compassion, overflowing with generosity, relentless with love. You are, even when you're not aware of it, surrounded on all sides by like-hearted people who are not okay with the suffering around them either.
That isn't to say that there isn't a great deal to grieve over or be alarmed by or pissed off about — it just means that these things aren't stronger than the massive, sprawling army of those who grieve, who are alarmed, who are pissed off. It means that you are in good and plentiful company in your profound not alrightness; that the vast majority of people feel as burdened as you are to make better days. This is the story you need to tell yourself because it is the truest one.
So today, take down the sticky notes of disappointment and fear and violence, so that you're able to see the landscape clearly. Scan the horizon for the builders, the lovers, the helpers, the healers — and allow them the precious bandwidth they deserve.
Let yourself be encouraged by the awesome, beautiful brilliant goodness that still occupies this place, and let a new word to ascend to the top spot of your mind, where it belongs.
May Hope trend in your head today.
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In my 1984 essay thesis, I want to talk about the work of George Orwell 1984. This book can be called one of the terrible books that I have ever read in my life. It is terrible by the fact that the world that is described there is absolutely true, and everyone will see in it something familiar. By the way, I used a help of college paper writers while writing this essay. I advise you to a get professional academic help from a trustworthy writing service. There you will find lowest prices and always the best quality along with huge experience! So, let’s start this George Orwell 1984 essay!
The horror of despair from George Orwell
I would like to start my 1984 essay with a short summary. The actions of the novel take place in London in 1984 after the Second World War and if it is interesting for you then read this essay on war. There was a new superpower Oceania which engulfed the country. The political map of the world has changed. All the people of Oceania were subordinated to the ideology of some Party, which was represented by Big Brother. Many people do not like this course of events. Winston Smith who works in the Ministry of Truth is one those people. But he understands that if he will tell someone about his dissatisfaction, it would end badly for him. So he begins to keep a personal diary and writes there all his thoughts. Keeping a diary is as dangerous as the public expressing of dissatisfaction. One day, he discovers that his colleague Julia is watching him. He is afraid that she might suspect something and gives out his “crime”. However, everything is contrary. Julia sends him a secret love note and they begin to meet secretly. Smith fears that soon their meetings can be stopped and will be punished as illegal meetings between a man and a woman is prohibited.
Smith and Julia go to a high-ranking official O’Brien. Winston thinks that O’Brien attends a secret fraternity and Smith with Julia want to join it. Some time later, Julie is arrested, and Smith is brought to the Ministry of Love where he is tortured. He is forced to relinquish his love and himself. Executioners “cured” him from the revolutionary moods. At first, Smith blames himself but then realizes that chooses the right path and doesn’t love anybody but Big Brother and the Party.
The world of captivity
“1984” is one of the most famous novels in the genre of dystopia that is standing on a par with such works as “We” by Yevgeny Zamyatin, “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley and “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. Many terms that were invented by the author and used in this book are now common and used to describe the social order and that is why I decided to write this 1984 analysis essay. According to many people “1984” contains many distinct allusions to the USSR. But in the book, there is a warning that applies not only to the countries of the former USSR but also to the whole world.
Readers first saw George Orwell’s novel “1984” in 1949. It was difficult post-war period: the Nazi regime in Germany just fell down; left-wing parties were gaining the popularity in Europe. The freedom was oppressed everywhere: hunger, poverty, the invention of nuclear weapons – that is what progressive minds of the severe time thought about. In the world, there is a never-ending war, but the equal level of development arms of all sides does not let any party to win a final victory. The world is divided into three parts: Oceania, in which there are all actions, West Asia and Eurasia. Each of these parts has its own Party and its own ideology, which is carefully trying to impose to all people. In the world of Orwell, there are no real feelings, interests, people live like zombies and completely obey to the Party that seeks to replace man’s family, home and job. The person also doesn’t exist as a person. Party has completely consumed him. There is only a small part of people that tries to resist but in vain. To this category belongs the protagonist. But why did the main character Smith go against Big Brother only after that when he met the girl with whom felt in love? Why haven’t he done this before? Had he thought about it from the beginning? Is it because love adds confidence to him or he just understands a situation in which get? I think it is all about love. Love is the only thing that the Party still could not overcome; yes, it can “throw away” a family, children but not love. The end of the novel is unhappy and expected. Indeed, in such a system people just can’t be happy and how would the main character not try to change the world, he still had not received a happiness , but he gives the push, which may lead to the restructuring of the world and change life for the better. Of course, Smith is not the man who can be the leader and it was clear from the beginning. Winston is a weak man, morally weak. He could not become the leader of the rebellion, couldn’t go against the Party.
We build our future and what it will be depend on us. But if the moment is missed, then there will be nothing to return. This book is very sad; it is frightening and terrifying because we understand that it is possible. This is the worst. One wonders: how? How people let this happen? How did a civilized society allow this? The answer is simple – society has let things slide and let someone from “above” to make decisions instead of them.
The book made me think about some things. In fact, what does distinguish a total control over a population of “1984” from the system of our modern world? A phone, Internet, TV – all of it is easy to control and all of this is already under control. All our efforts aimed at self-realization, self-improvement, intellectual development, freedom of thought and expression – all of this can turn against us. How a person who accustomed to constant streams of information, will be able to live in a world where knowledge is under the ban? I strongly do not recommend reading this book to people who are under 18 years and to people with a thin nervous organization and unstable psyche. Orwell’s novel has many scenes of violence, the most sophisticated torture, and hopeless pessimism. It is a serious and taking to the deep book, with lots of great quotes and thought-provoking. Hope this 1984 George Orwell essay helped you better understand the book.