A dominant mantra in this crazy world of ours is all about surrounding oneself with positive people and positivity and it’s a mantra that makes me very uneasy.
A quick google looking for images on this topic yielded a whole pile of this kind of stuff:
Where I come unstuck on all this is where does it leave people who are sad, depressed, grieving …?
It would appear to leave them alone and palely loitering (John Keats) or else in the position where they are being expected to put big smarmy smiles on their faces in order to look like they are on top of the world.
The other thing is that there is an inherent sense of me, me, me and blatant self-absorption about all this.
Is this the kind of belief system we want our children to grow up in? I certainly don’t want it for any child of mine and shudder to think where it will lead if it is soaked up by the generations who are being bombarded with it, especially 0n social media.
Having been hit with a pile of this self-centred, individualistic awfulness on Facebook and Twitter this morning, I found this gentle image in the woods extremely reassuring and uplifting: