The post I had in mind for today (I know, I can’t quite believe I actually planned one ahead either!) was to do with marriage and making it work.
Throughout the course of the day, I’ve checked facebook. Because of the pages I’ve ‘liked’, the causes I’m associated with, and the calibre of friends I have, what I see on facebook is diverse. Cute kittens to human trafficking and everything in between fills my screen every time I log on.
Today, though, there seemed to be an abundance of posts about the state of our oceans and their inhabitants; graphic photos of the abuse, torture and murder of people in Egypt; the new scientific proof that pornography damages the brain; appeals for money for families affected by disease and/or trauma.
And now, instead of writing an upbeat encouraging post about relationships, I find myself feeling angry, irritated and sick to my stomach.
If you’ve read even a handful of previous posts, you’ll know that I take an interest in the bigger issues of life, have concerns for the many, many marginalised sections of the world and am not one for sticking my head in the sand.
But today, it’s all too much. Social media, for all it’s wonders that I love, has the dark side of giving us emotional overload. Compassion fatigue, I think it’s known as in psychology circles.
I’m tired of all the problems in the world. Tired of being asked to support so many worthwhile causes. Tired of feeling the ‘affluence’ of living in a first world country. Tired of feeling like I can’t do enough. Tired of the horror humans inflict on their fellow man and on animals. Tired of the relentless sexual objectification of women and girls. Tired of hearing about how we are raping the earth. Tired of hearing that climate change is going to kill us.
I am tired, not because I don’t care but because I do.
Anyone else ever feel the burden of knowing too much?