by Gray Graham
There is a business that pays very well and it’s called misery. The reason it pays so well is because there is a lot of misery in this world. In fact there is a never ending supply of misery in the world. Not a second of a day goes by that there is not some miserable situation occurring somewhere on our planet.
In the information age where billions of people are connected it is not hard to show this misery. Gone are the days where the average person barely knew what occurred in their neighborhood let alone the entire city. In the old days a city was a big place. Today a country seems small.
You would think that happiness would sell better than misery and it does. Industries like amusement parks, fairs, and restaurants show you that people like to have a good time. They want to sit back, relax and have fun. Leave their problems at the door and just chill. I mean there is a birthday party everyday for this very reason.
But some people don’t like having fun. They don’t really have close family and friends. If they have them they probably don’t like them that much. Sadly some people don’t receive love at home and that makes you view the world differently. If you can’t see joy in your own house, how can you see joy in the world?
Enter the misery business model. It is built on the valid idea of making the world a better place. In order to make the world a better place you have to stop people from making it a bad place and there are plenty of people that are trying to make the world a bad place. The rich and powerful plunder and loot our resources for their own personal gains giving little or nothing back in return.
Evil is abundant in our world. Hating others has become the number one activity for certain parts of our society. They are constantly attacking others physically, emotionally, and economically to the point many people can not cope in day to day life.
Many people have decided to prey on this sense of hopelessness by constantly dwelling on the misery. It is their brand and how they make their money. They go beyond just fighting injustice to constantly fighting. Even in victories they are not happy.
They go out of their way to take away the joy others feel. It is kinda like if someone on your wedding day decided to only talk to you about how many people cheat on their spouse, spend all their money, get someone else pregnant, and then get a divorce and leave them. That wouldn’t be a very happy wedding day would it.
There are an endless number of activists, analysts, journalists, and social media influencers whose whole careers are built on the misery of others. Their whole reason for being is to tell you how unhappy and angry you should be. Many people buy into this way of thinking but I hope you will not be one of those people.
Sure there is a lot of evil that occurs in the world and the reality is that evil will always be there. If there is something that can be gained by hurting others, someone is going to hurt others. That is the nature of humans. It is also true there is a lot of love and joy in the world. A lot of kindness and helping others.
It is important that we share these things too. It is probably more important that we share the happiness over the misery. We all know there is misery in the world but we don’t all know there is happiness in the world.
We need that happiness to give us hope and to inspire us to do great things to help and protect the people that we love. We can never let evil take that away from us. We need to be slow to anger and quick to care. We can never forget how to love and can never forget how much joy there is in this world that God has given us.
Remember to keep your joy and never let anyone take it away from you.
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