For the last several months, as the world becomes crazier and crazier, I've been wondering if people come to read Funny Friday Photos and think I'm vapid and inane, and don't have a clue about what is going on around me. The truth is, I do. I am very aware of the horror in the world right now.
I know that children are starving and dying, while their mothers watch helplessly. I watch the news and am horrified at the increasing violence around the world, with the innocent paying for the political agendas of others with their lives. I know people the world over are dying for their beliefs. I know that humans are committing horrible atrocities against each other. That abuses of power and corruption seem to be everywhere. That ordinary people continue to take advantage of each other in the worst ways, and that the distribution of pain and suffering is woefully unbalanced.
Here I sit, in my comfortable house, with electricity and food at my fingertips, and I feel embarrassed. I know how fortunate I am, but that's not enough. I try to do what I can to make a difference in the world, but that's not enough either. I wish I had an answer to what to do to fix it all, but of course, I don't. And I don't have the power, either.
But I don't want anyone to mistake my regular funny photos or continual upbeat messages as being ignorant of the state of the world around me or trying to avoid thinking about it.
The thing is, I don't want to add to anyone's load of crap by bringing the dark side of the world to this blog. And if, by putting together a humorous post weekly, I can lighten that load a little bit, then I'm all for it. We never know, any one of us, what someone is going through. They can appear to be absolutely fine, while inside there is a mess of emotion and heartache. Some people need to escape, and if I can provide that by sharing my optimism and sense of humor (and keeping out the dark and sad thoughts and observations I have)...Well, I'm happy to do so.
Here's what I know. Human beings are amazingly resilient and capable of great things. As long as we have hope that the bad stuff will end, as long as we have even just one friend, we can endure horrible, awful things. Anne Frank says it best. I saw this quote on twitter, and fell in love with it. She said:
I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that remains.
I'm just trying to remind the people who come here of the beauty that remains. And there is beauty in laughter.