A few days ago we published a blog post called Is the World Driving You Crazy? We got quite a few comments on that post.

One comment in particular caught my attention. I always read them all—and I appreciate the time and energy all of you put into your comments. So thank you for that.

This comment was from our dear friend, Ian Barnfield. I realize not all of you may have seen Ian’s comment. So I wanted to share it with you today.

Ian was replying to our 2 questions in that blog post: Is our world hopeless? Or is it actually becoming more hopeful?

Here’s his comment:

Depends how you look at it I think. Which might sound like a cliche, but I believe it to be true. Seems to me that the world is becoming more polarized—light /dark, “good”/”bad,” or hopeful/hopeless, however you wish to name it. And it really does depend on how you view it.

I don’t know the back-story here, and have no desire to explore it but, from reading the other comments, it sounds as though this is another case of of someone focusing so intently on what is wrong and what could, possibly, go wrong in the future, that they end up living in a world so full of fear and hopelessness that they decide the best thing is to take themselves and their family out of it.

To the outside observer this might look a successful businessman with plenty of money, material possessions, opportunities, a great family and everything to live for—and on one level this will be completely true, if you choose to look at it like that. And that’s how I see the world—full of opportunity and joy and all manner of wonderful things.

On the other hand, it’s always going to be possible to focus on how hopeless everything is. What if the government messes up? What if the economy takes another downturn? What if terrorists target us? What if the terrorists are defeated and defense contracts are cut? All these things are possible and, if you choose to focus on them, may well make your world seem hopeless.

It’s also entirely possible for all those “bad” things to “happen” to someone and for them to experience having plenty of money, material possessions, opportunities, a great family and everything to live for at the same time.

What’s changing, I think, is not that the world is becoming more of anything, but that it’s getting easier for individuals to experience the extremes. Many people, myself included, think the world is just brilliant, and full of hope and positive expectation. Others are finding the world so terrible and hopeless that they no longer wish to be here. In both cases an outside observer might find these views strange as they don’t always seem to match the external reality observed.

Our world is not going to hell in a handbasket, unless you choose to believe it is—in which case that becomes true for you. I prefer to be full of hope and unreasonable happiness—and my world is wonderful!

And it’s not just a case of ignoring all the “bad” stuff or wearing rose-coloured glasses. For me this is real. We all need to choose.

How do you want your world to be? Full of hope or going to hell? What do you want to experience?

P.S. Ian and his partner, Cara Wilde, have a beautiful website and blog, both filled with lots of wonderful spiritual inspiration and information. Please visit them here:


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