I was exactly like this. When I was young and got exposed initially to the problems of the world, I suddenly felt the urge to do something, to say something and to change something. I thought that I could. I might be right but not in the grandeur of things. And most of the time, I reacted without looking deeper at the issue. Or “overreacted” is the more appropriate word. My emotions moved ahead of my logic. So I always ended up empty handed.
I see the same cycle happening a lot today. We see people reacting. Overreacting.
Let’s take for example some people living in comfort for most of their lives. When presented with something bad that they were never exposed to before, they get shocked. For most of their lives, they never thought these things happen. Then they become angry quickly. They might be thinking that if they are able to avoid these things their whole life, there might be an easy way to save those people who are already suffering. And because some of these people are rich and influential, their voices are loud. They become advocates and activists driven by intense passion calling for change of what they had just discovered. The victims of these “bad things” are always desperate to seek help from powerful people. They also want to end their hardships right away. And once they hear about these powerful people speaking for their cause and who seemed can relate with their ordeals, they will see them as their “champion” and will start betting all their hopes and support for that person.
And then we see them together marching strongly, clamoring for that change. Then calls for everyone to take notice and prioritize the change they like to see, asking the whole world to turn upside down for their cause while being driven by strong emotions.
But we’re human beings. We’re logical beings and emotional as well. I read the Infinity Gauntlet Marvel Comic Book Series. One character in mind that interests me a lot is Adam Warlock. He had once held one of the most powerful items in the Marvel Universe, the Infinity Gauntlet. Once you get a hold of it, you’ll have control of everything, time, space, soul, reality, mind, power. They become god of the Marvel Universe. And the first thing that Adam Warlock did when he get a hold of the gauntlet was to remove his perception of the “good and bad” from his persona. He did it so he’ll be able to decide on things with pure logic without an emotional bias. And so he did. Maybe, we should also not let our perception of “good and bad” take over our emotions. We need to put logic in it. And we might get surprised that the things we thought as good when we haven’t looked the big picture yet, is really the bad one.