Wiping it under the bridge

The Railway Bridge, Riga, Latvia

“It has nothing to do with us”

There was a British comedy show from 1979 to 1982 called ‘Not the nine o’clock news’ and it was a big break for a certain Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean for you who doesn’t know) It was a show with sketches and one of them had that line. There are videos of it on Youtube if anyone’s interested. It’s really hilarious. If you’re into British comedy I totally recommend that.

That line is also too familiar in the real world. Some people think they can’t do anything about worlds problems so they don’t even try to make it better. They just complain or don’t care. “It has nothing to do with me” is their only thought. Actually there is things you can do because this world is yours too. You can’t just wipe things under the bridge. Like Tolkien wrote, “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future” Everyone can do something. It doesn’t have to be anything major. Just picking up trash from the ground is something. You can’t just expect others to do your dirty work. Not by only thinking about the environment but also about other subjects. Instead of spreading hate, spread love. The reason some people don’t care is because no one has ever cared for them. They have no respect for nature nor other people. Maybe living in denial is better. But the fact is, we all should care for this world because we’re all part of it.

It’s so easy not caring what goes in the world. In away it’s understandable. If something happens in a country far away, you don’t care much since it doesn’t happen to you. But you can’t totally ignore it. No one wishes to be in their shoes. If people would educate others to think differently, maybe this world would be a better place. If you spread negative thinking, kids never learn to be positive. If you keep telling them you can’t change anything, then they start to believe it. There are things that is out of your control but attitude is something you can do something about. Even adults can learn to think differently. It can be harder but if you don’t try, you never know.

One of my peeves are “it always been like that” So what if it has? You can change cultures or attitudes. It doesn’t have to be like it always been. If you go with that attitude you can never change anything. You don’t have to live like your parents or grandparents did. You don’t have to do anything that has always been like that. For example in Finland the alcohol culture has always been a big part. It goes from generation to generation. If you don’t drink to get drunk, you’re a lame person. You can’t party without it. But we’re not at war like our ancestors. Maybe alcohol was used because war was horrible and people wanted to forget. It doesn’t make you forget, it’s just a temporary escape. They serve alcohol everywhere because it’s always been like that. But it doesn’t have to be. You can change things. It’s about attitude but if you can’t change that then we got a problem. When I hear someone say “it’s always been like that” I get agitated. If no one wants to change, who will. Someone must take the first step and others will follow.

Denying problems, yours or others only makes it worse. It seems people stopped caring. Luckily there’s still people who wants change and their doing something about it. That’s what the world needs, someone who encourage others to do the same. Like Michael Jackson sang, “If you wanna make the world a better place. Take a look at yourself, and
then make a change” That’s something everybody should remember. Wiping problems under the bridge is not the right way because we have to think about the next generation that comes after us. It might not sound important right now but selfishness will destroy it all. A changed attitude is better than no change at all.