There has to be a reason for this, right?

Both animals and humans spend their day working hard to make sure at the end of the day they can provide for themselves and for their families. Except at night animals sleep soundly and humans don’t. Sleep doesn’t come easy for many people. We ponder then we worry which causes us not to sleep well.

Many times our worries are not just about ourselves and families they reach other people as well. We worry about people suffering in civil wars, ethnic cleansing wars, famine, and about the well being of humans living in misfortunate regions. To make things even more stressful we don’t just worry about humans we worry about animals, plants, volcanoes, oceans and global warming. We worry about a new business development that is going to close mom and pop stores. We worry about asteroids one day hitting our beloved planet.

Every group of people worries about a cause more than others. Some worry about the Gazans or the Yazidis or the Israelis or the whales or the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militia or the global warming or how cows are slaughtered. There are currently plethora of causes that all need our attention and need a fast solution.

How can one sleep well while humans are been massacred because of their ethnicity or religion or political beliefs? It is an ugly world.

I have met people who refuse to eat meat because of the way animals are treated in slaughterhouses, although these individuals are not vegetarians. I know people who don’t buy certain products because of political conflict. I know some others who are very passionate about a certain cause it became their daily struggle to promote it.

Unfortunately, I am nothing like these people. I have no cause to defend or talk about passionately. I got tired being worried and concerned about the well being of others. My problems alone are more than I can handle. I got tired worrying about my relatives in Syria and whether I can see them any time soon. I got tired hearing the news about Muslim Militias kidnapping girls, executing non-Muslims and beheading opponents. I got tired of people speculating   what is happening in the Middle East and who is behind this and that. I got tired of seeing pictures of dead children in Gaza.

I don’t want to care who is behind the ISIS or why they do what they do or what will happen next. I don’t want to care about the Ebola or how many children are going to die because of it. I don’t want to care how my meat is treated before it is slaughtered.

I don’t want any bad thing to happen to people or animals. But there is nothing I can do that will help them. I can’t cure Ebola or financially help misfortune people or fight the ISIS or the Syrian regime or defend this or that. I even fade up from talking or writing about the bad things that are happening in the world.

When I go to bed my worry is not about the well being of others rather it is about whatever sanity, if any, left in my brain. It is about whether there is an answer to THIS LIFE.


7 thoughts on “There has to be a reason for this, right?

  1. it has always been an ugly world except now you have satellite news channels and the internet that show you how ugly the world is.


  2. Writing this is a sort of caring I would say 🙂

    We r bombarded with all sorts of mishaps and we can only take so much. Feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and also somehow selfish is only -to me- rather a natural consequence for that.


  3. I think Haitham and Joe made great points. The world has always been ugly. Read a history book for proof. Now history is being played out in color for us to view…and it is hard to process it all.

    For me, getting away in nature – walking along the ocean, watching a river roll through the mountains, viewing sights from the many overlooks along the Blue Ridge parkway, even a walk among trees in a local park – those things help me feel more at peace.

    I have always loved these verses from Philippians 4. They help me focus on particularly bad-news days (and I don’t necessarily mean world news, but things much closer to home).


    4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.


    Thanks for this post!


    1. I don’t read the news anymore like I used to. I just want to be happy. Luckily, Columbia has many beautiful parks to see.
      Thanks for sharing these verses. I think one need to be optimistic or he will lose his mind thinking negatively.


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