Sure, what I really want to do is watch videos of dogs welcoming their owners home from war, cats attacking Christmas trees, and Ellen granting a sick girl her wish of singing alongside her idol. That's the type of world I want to live in: a world where things are heartwarming, full of love, and overflowing with inspiration.
That part of the world does exist, but there is a yang to that yin, and that is the onslaught of mass shootings, terrorist attacks, and refugees desperately seeking refuge when their own country has betrayed them. These issues kind of cloud the holiday season, but it would be naive of me to cheerily say "HAPPY HOLIDAYS, MERRY CHRISTMAS" when there seems to be so much more to be done.
As an artist, I do want to make an impact on the world, and looking at these issue that keep cropping up, I almost feel defeated in the fact that I don't feel that what I do can even make a difference. But then again, there isn't a lot of clarity as to WHY these things are happening, so we can't make any assumptions until facts are gathered. Is this an issue of gun control? Better mental health care? A re-defining of our Constitution? Until we are certain, spouting opinions just doesn't seem to get me anywhere except worked up, and that's of no help to anyone.
There are countless articles on both sides of the issue, and one that really got me questioning was the one that attacked those who were sending "thoughts and prayers" to those affected by all these terrible incidents. Like me, these people probably don't know what to do, except what's in their means, and if praying and good thoughts are all that they can give right now, that's at least something on the line of good. I don't know where my efforts are best suited so I continue to fight with my means: making videos to inspire, interacting with my friends and fans, and being the kind of person I want others to be to me. It may sound too simple, but until there's a solution, something to tangibly worked toward, it's all I have to offer, and at least it's something good.
We are all entitled to our opinions and beliefs, so in this time of holiday cheer and tragedy, let's be respectful but also proactive. Continue to watch those videos because it's a good reminder as to the world we wish to emulate for all. But when the time comes where my efforts are able to be used for the greater good, you bet I'll be there.
Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas. Here's to peace and happiness worldwide.