I Am Feeling Helpless In A Dying World

I Am Feeling Helpless In A Dying World

My personal expression of how the news of impending mass global destruction and devastation has impacted me.

63
views

To any reading this—my words and thoughts here are less informative than they are expressive. I really just wanted to expose my own feelings to others as a way of making you think or just showing you how I have been processing the latest in environmental news.

For the past week or so, I've spent days thinking about the impending 'end of the world' that is apparently fast approaching. This news that we have environmentally doomed ourselves isn't anything super new, but for some reason, it has been on my mind a lot lately. The other day I even asked my roommates about it and they seem to share the same grim outlook that many are saying is just a matter of a time until it happens. It breaks my heart in such a profound way and I can only imagine that all of the other college students and young people of the world feel at least somewhat as hopeless as I have been feeling lately.

From the perspective of a college student, I feel like there is no point in anything I'm doing now because it all seems futile in the face of the approaching apocalypse. I have so many aspirations and goals for my future that don't even seem worth pursuing sometimes. I hope that children can stay naive of this climatic catastrophe for as long as possible.

And what of the people, cultures, and places that will be lost once the sea level rises beyond an amount that is no longer manageable? Places like Venice and Shanghai, or even places here in the United States like Charleston and New Orleans, that will still be impacted by immense flooding even if we as a global community are able to slow down rising temperatures. All of the history, monuments, living areas that have evolved over the past centuries- gone in a much shorter amount of time.

I imagine an ant hill and how long it must have taken them to construct it. They're all so small and yet they have still managed to craft an entire network and colony that can sometimes stand over a foot above the ground. Yet, a child could easily kick it over and destroy it all in an instant. I feel like we are those ants—we have spent so long creating and evolving humanity as we know it and now it seems it will all be wiped away. Thousands of years of work just toppled over so quickly. I've never felt more helpless in the shadow of a future I don't think I can control like I thought I could anymore.

The salt to this growing wound is the leadership of our own country. They consistently deny that anything will happen while it is already happening. I want to scream in their faces, "YOU are sentencing us all to death", but I doubt they would care. Others have screamed in their faces and obviously, it hasn't helped. Of course, we can vote and put new people who will listen to our cries and attempt to fix what we have all so systematically destroyed. But is it too late? They say it is still possible to save the world, but how realistic is it really? I see and read all these articles predicting different outcomes and possibilities, but I don't even know which ones to believe anymore.

Popular Right Now

Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.
991245
views

You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

Cover Image Credit: Brittani Norman

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

The Truth About Narcan, Insulin, And Who Pays For What

"Stupid junkies, I have to pay for my Insulin but they get Narcan FOR FREE. Can you believe that?"

18
views

Naloxone.

Let's talk about it. Naloxone, commonly referred to as Narcan or Evzio is a "medication designed to rapidly reverse opioid overdose." According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Naloxone basically reverses the effects of an overdose.

As you see on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and every other social media platform in the world, "junkies" get indirectly bashed, undermined, and in a nutshell, told that they don't deserve a place on earth.

The most common argument used by "non-addicts" is "I have to pay for my Insulin for my diabetes, but they get Narcan for free? Wow, our government sucks and the system is a joke."

For those of you that don't know, diabetes is a disease in which the body's ability to produce or respond to the hormone, insulin, is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine.

There are two types of this disease: Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes that result from a variety of different factors. Diabetes can be acquired through genetics but can also be personally obtained through lifestyle, depending on the type. Aside from genetics and being born into a diabetic family, you may also be diagnosed with diabetes as a result of physical inactivity, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol, and being overweight. In other words, if you let your body go, don't work out or do some type of physical activity, let your high blood pressure go untreated, and eat unhealthy foods; you have a chance of developing diabetes.

Next, let's talk about prices.

On average, Insulin costs $200 monthly. This depends on the brand, personal insurance, coupons, and other factors such as organizations that help people get cheaper insulin.

Narcan nasal spray costs $130 for a two-time use. You can buy it at CVS Pharmacy (and other pharmacies) in states such as Ohio, Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin. Some of these states may require a prescription.

Now that you know that Narcan/Evzio isn't free, it's time to talk about other charges that are brought upon addicts when they overdose. If an ambulance is called, they have to pay for it. If they are sent to the emergency room, they also have to pay for that.

The idea that "junkies" get Narcan for free is something society has made up to make drug users feel even more guilt than they already do from having an addiction alone.

Believe it or not, most of us are addicted to something that can be fatal or cause illness/injury. If you eat processed foods or sugar ridden foods every day, chances are you have an addiction to sugar. The withdrawal that someone has from quitting sugar is similar to the withdrawal that one goes through from quitting heroin. You get a splitting headache, you have cold sweats, you are moody, and it makes you sick. If you drink coffee all day on most days and you try to quit, it results in an awful headache for a few days. The addiction to cigarettes and the withdrawal that people go through for that speaks for itself; we all know a smoker or an ex-smoker.

Instead of following social norms, degrading drug users and putting ourselves on a pedestal because we don't use heroin or another "hard drug," we should advocate for the health and stand up for each other. If you see someone on the street that you know is a drug user, pull them aside and pray with them. Help them find a better life. Recommend church, rehab, or any other ideas that may be at your fingertips to mention.

The moral of the story is this: we all have an addiction, hypocrisy is at it's finest thanks to social media, and we are all human. Walk a mile in someone else's shoes before you judge them. It doesn't cost a dime to shed light on someone's life, especially when they are in need.

Related Content

Facebook Comments