Poem, Truth, World

Hopelessness to Hope (Haiku)

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Chaos anarchy
All around the world is seen
Hopelessness abounds

Eyes firmly fastened
On unseen power within
On the eternal

Kept in perfect peace
In the centre of your will
Trusting assurance

Are you bothered by what you see in the news? I am. Does it cause you to think, “What the heck is up with this world?”

It seems like things are out of control. Like there’s anarchy and chaos happening everywhere. When I hear of different events such as the following, it makes me uneasy:

I have to wonder what people are putting their hope in now-a-days. It seems to me that, if humans are able to do atrocious things like the above stated, how can we put our hope in humans? I really don’t want to sound like a kill-joy, and I certainly don’t want to be a negative person. However, I do want to be real and deal with real issues.

So back to you. Are you bothered by what is happening in the world? What do you think causes people to do atrocious, inhuman things? What do you put your hope in?

38 thoughts on “Hopelessness to Hope (Haiku)”

  1. My hope is in reconnecting with who we truly are..When we find that..we are unable to do these harmful things. I think it will take more of us awakening and accessing higher aspects of ourselves. I have hope we can do this. Many are awakening and looking at what needs changing and taking steps. I think it is important to connect inside ourselves when thete is so much chaos. That’s why I share my little notes. 🙂

    1. Oh, and I do love your little notes. If we were to only focus on the chaos and anarchy all around us, I think we’d go insane.
      Thank you sweet Laurie.

  2. It’s hard to say. I’m sure that atrocities were performed throughout human history. Was there a darker period in our life than when Hitler had his reign of terror? We can go back to the Inquisition, the Mongols, and the list goes on. Today we have unfettered access to it, and we’re fed a steady diet of horror and tragedy because it sells. I don’t want to hijack your post into a media rant, but I feel that they are a big part of it. There is so much good in the world, but it is not sexy enough for TV.

    1. You have a great point Rob. The media is one of the things I was thinking of when I wrote this. Specifically about the first point I put about the girls killing their friend. What inspired them to do such a thing? Supposedly, it was because their fascination with some fictional character – here’s a quote for the article: “Slenderman is a fictional character is an Internet meme that often appears in horror stories, videos and images. One of the suspects told police that Slenderman is the site’s supposed leader, and to climb into his realm, a user must kill someone.”
      So it was through a media source that this came about. The media doesn’t only sensationalize things, but also influences people, whether it being for good or for bad. Unfortunately.
      And yes, you have a great point about the past. Hitler, the Inquisition, are only two of the plethora of atrocities that have happened throughout history. I don’t know if things are really worse today or not. It seems so. But then again, that could be simply because of the media. At any rate, my hope is in something much greater.
      Thanks Rob. You made me think a little deeper.

  3. Our world is filled with inequality, moral decay, violence and hate, bit it isn’t new. We are just more exposed to it today. We live in a time of instant information through TV reality shows, professional sports, video games, etc. and I fear that the constant barrage of this kind of behavior can become normal to one who is already unstable.

    I put my hope in the One who is the same, was the same and will always remain the same. God has been my counselor, friend, my strength, hope and peace for most of my life. I’ll stick with consistency.

    1. I agree. Media has definitely made information much more accessible. I also think that it could feed that which is already not good. Like the case of these young girls that stabbed their friend. Because of their interest in this fictional character “Slenderman” – it was as if it fed the evil desires, so much so to actually go through with it. Media is such a strong influencer.
      I’m glad you put your hope in the One that has always been and will always be. I’m with you.

  4. Nice poem there. Neatly done.
    On another note, although I do agree how media exposure has made us more vulnerable to violence and all, I believe the power to let something lies in your own hands. The girls you mentioned from the news – what were they thinking when they were stabbing their friend? Did they even have an idea what the stabbing would do to their friend, to them? How did they plan it all out? How did they choose which friend to stab? What did they really want?
    People are messy. You can live for a thousand generations and still not know what’s going inside an individual’s mind.
    And then there’s God. Creating us all, knowing us all. That’s probably why we believe in Him. 🙂

    1. Thank you.
      Very true. The media may feed the thought or intent, however we are all responsible for our actions. We can’t blame anybody but ourselves.
      “People are messy”
      –I agree. There is not one human being that doesn’t do wrong. If it weren’t for the grace and unconditional love of God, along with his patience, I don’t know what would become of us. I’m so thankful that he made a way back to him and for forgiveness.
      Awesome comment. Thanks

  5. ooh girl i was totally thinking this same thing; i set the BBC as my homepage so when i go online the first thing i glance at is the world news. reading about the stabbing of the 12 year old girl.. it’s horrific. i am so appalled and disturbed by it.

    reading the news, and facing the day to day reality of our messed up world, i am reminded of how much i desperately need God and the sure hope i have in Him.

    1. I know, right. I couldn’t believe it when I saw that. I also am disturbed by it.

      Me too. Thank God for grace and unconditional love.

    1. Thanks Audrey. Yea, I don’t watch much news either. Everytime I hear of something horrific, it disturbs me. Like this instance with the stabbing. Holy crap! They’re only 12. What’s up with that? Or gang rape. It’s just pure evil. Then there’s corruption and injustice. Too much for me to handle. I know that these things have always existed, but the media, and even more so, the sensationalism in it, is just too much for one to handle.

  6. God gave mankind free will. We use and abuse it, and hopefully we use it more for kindness than ego-gratifying and self-seeking ways. We have our own ways of making sense of the world, and for me, I remember that God isn’t in the savage acts, but is in the healing afterwards. I choose to focus on the healing.

    Thanks for this, Staci.

    Blessings and hugs,

    1. I love how you mentioned God giving us free will. And that’s just it. So many people try to blame God when evil happens. But what they don’t understand it that it’s people’s fault, not God’s. If he wanted people to do every little thing He said, without us having a choice, he would have made us like robots. Where’s the love in that? Where’s the relationship? There isn’t. It’s exactly as you said, “we abuse it”
      I’m soooooooo glad that you choose to focus on the healing. Your posts more than show that. Me too, my friend.
      Thank you so much Paul.
      Blessing and hugs to you.

  7. Geez…I was completely depressed when I followed the news closely. I had to make a conscious effort to look for good stories and good deeds. My hope is in the light and in each person who makes an effort to make themselves better so the world can be better one person at a time. You always do make me think 😉

    1. Thank you so much cutie. I hear you about getting depressed. It just really bothers me. The evil I see all over the world. The injustice. The complete inhumaness (does this word even exist?) I have a friend that, whenever she feels sorry for herself, or is tempted to complain about her life, she just reads the newspaper. Then she starts thanking God for how good she has it. Hehehe 🙂

      1. The injustice is one I get stuck on easily. Pretending it doesn’t exist doesn’t make it any less real. So many seem to look the other way. I just can’t 😉

      2. My mom gets all riled up with injustice. My step-dad tells her she should have been a cop. I also can’t stand it.

  8. Gostei do poema e também dos questionamentos, Staci. Penso que algumas coisas sempre aconteceram, a diferença é que hoje com o advento da internet e novas mídias, ficamos sabendo de atrocidades com muito mais facilidade e velocidade. Penso também que muitas coisas são resultado de um sistema desigual, injusto e que não estimula as pessoas a se humanizarem. Somos vistos como números, consumidores, mão de obra, etc. A assim muitos respondem a esses estímulos dessa forma brutal. Parabéns, Staci.

    1. Obrigada Adriano. Sempre e bom ler seus comentarios. E eu concordo 100%. A midia realmente providencia informacao de uma maneira quase instantaneo. Nos tempos passados existia acontecimentos muito ruins. Igual que Rob comentou. Tem a epoca de Hitler, a inquisicao, e etc. A injustica e corrupcao tambem me incomoda demais.
      O que eu acho triste, e quando pessoas culpam Deus, achando que ele nao e um Deus de amor simplesmente por que acontencem esta coisas na terra. Eles nao entenden que nos temos livre arbitrio e a culpa e da gente, e nao dele.

  9. The world has never been a nice place. Unspeakable acts have been going on since Cane murdered his brother Abel. Unfortunately, in today’s modern society we have learned how to become far more proficient at it. And just as unfortunate, even the prophesies of the Bible say it isn’t going to get better until our God Almighty finally says, “Okay, enough is enough!” Hense, the book of Revelations. Whatever the news, I just keep looking up.

    1. I was just actually thinking about Cain and Able Richard. Great minds think alike eh. 🙂
      Evil and horrible acts have been committed since the beginning of time. Things haven’t gotten better, and I’m not sure if they’ve gotten worse. I do know though that the media sure delivers information instantaneously. We see it and are affected by it. And of course, the media uses sensationalism. At any rate, putting hope in humanity hasn’t worked since way back when. Why would it start to world now. My hope is in someone so much greater, like I’m sure yours is too.
      Thanks Richard.

  10. Very true. The media may feed the thought or intent, however we are are all responsible for our actions. We can’t blame anybody but ourselves.
    “People are messy”
    –I agree. There is not one human being that doesn’t do wrong. If it weren’t for the grace and unconditional love of God, along with his patience, I don’t know what would become of us. I’m so thankful that he made a way back to him and for forgiveness.
    Awesome comment. Thanks

  11. It does bother me and quite a lot sometimes…I do not know why or how people can do these things to fellow human beings, but I try not to get overwhelmed in this hopeless cycle as it is not in my control…I try to think of things of what I can do to make this world better to spread hope, and that is something in my control…although it does not change the horrible things it gives me some comfort.

  12. Staci, have you read ‘East of Eden’ by John Steinbeck? If not, get a copy and let’s talk. In it, he explores the nature of good and evil as well as the story of Cain and Abel. Wonderful book! I’d love your thoughts on it. As for me, I think we try to explain away evil, but it exists.

    1. Hi Kate. No, I haven’t read that book. I have hear of John Steinbeck, but never read any of his books. I’ll have to check it out and read it. Thanks for the suggestion.
      Yes, I agree with you. Many people try to explain away evil, even thought it clearly exists. All we have to do is watch the 6:00 news.

  13. Who knows what drives some people to do the despicable things they do. The one thing I do know is that we have to hope for a better day, a better way, a better world. What are we without hope?

      1. You’re very welcome. I think hope is such a strong motivator for people who have not had such a good start in life. I think that those without faith or hope tend to lead themselves down some very dark paths.

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