Anxiety is worry and fear on steroids.
Some people have separation anxiety.
Others have social anxiety.
And then there is good 'ol generalized anxiety.
It was fascinating-scary to learn that nearly 1 in 3 will have an anxiety disorder before the age of 18.
Despite all the abundance, affluence, advancement and technological progress, people are nevertheless more fearful about their present and futures.
Perhaps like Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, when people weren't able to satisfy their most basics physiological and safety needs, they didn't know better to worry about everything else like whether they were truly loved, integrated, on the right track in life and fulfilled.
These days, we have more money, time, and information to know that there is plenty to be anxious about.
We know the most horrible stories of trauma, illness, death, corruption, disaster, terror, and war--it's plastered on the news and Internet 24/7/365.
Moreover, our "friends" and connections are blabbing about it on the social networks day-in and -out.
We are aware of our mistakes and foibles in real time as feedback is given and received with both likes as well as open criticism, marginalization, and alienation at every turn we take.
You have to ask yourself--is it meant to help anyone or to degrade and destroy the others, the opposition, the ones we don't like anymore.
It's not just trolls that can make your life miserable, but everyone from your bosses to your peers and social circle who give you pause with continuous reaction and footnote--much of it driven by alternative facts and fake other world self-serving reality.
Perhaps yesterday you were a genius and on top of the world, but then all of a sudden you're low-life garbage.
Your self-worth and future are measured by likes and dislikes, connections and reactions by people who are driven by their own agendas, power, and biases.
It's not just local either.
North Korea and Iran are tweeting about destroying the world and their latest rocket launches and WMD development.
Tomorrow maybe the end of one or of many.
There is truly plenty to worry about in society driven by selfishness, materialism, faithlessness and a moral vacuum where truly anything goes.
Selflessness, meaning, morality, and faith have to win over all the reasons to be anxious.
We know too much about the bad every day, and this can only be overcome by anchoring ourselves in the good. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)