Thursday, June 6, 2013

How Wide Is Your Lens of Life?

Was having a discussion with a friend about state of happiness (it was originally about movies, not idea how it got around to that!) and he says "depends how wide your lens of life is". That pretty much sums it up.

But how wide should the lens be? Can a person be truly happy in this Communication Era with news of strife from all around the world on your screen everyday? How does one react to news? The ever present discussion on empathy vs apathy.

The issues are many.
I love traveling - but know about how the planet is getting polluted cos of that.
I love my meat, my dairy and my leather shoes - but hate cruelty against animals.
I love owning pretty frivolous things - but that money could do so many good things for people who really need it.
I'm a frivolous consumer who looks for the cheapest bargains - but hate the sweatshops.
I love eating fruit all year round - but hate the carbon footprint/ affect on the indigenous farmers. 

The list goes on and on. Frankly, I'm daunted by all this information and have no idea how to process it. Usually that is when I start ignoring everything I know and start living in my own self-centered world. But time to think beyond and analyze things..