Saturday 28 May 2022

Let Us Share The Misery


Come folks. Let us get together and share the misery. Let us look at the state of the world today. Trouble and turmoil everywhere. Wars and destruction. Famines and sickness everywhere. Poverty. Rising prices. Recession. Stagnation and economic downturn. Loss of work and bankruptcies. 

Wherever you turn, there's a negative story to relate and to regale in. Because we all love a bit of  negativity. It is news. It sells papers. It makes great eye-catching breaking-news headlines.

Even in personal lives there is always a little negativity and misery which we can hold on to like a comfort blanket. A long standing illness perhaps. A marriage in difficulty. A dysfunctional family. A broken relationship.

Don't misunderstand me. I am not making light of peoples' personal difficulties, often serious; or of the state of the world these days.

I am pointing out how much misery and misfortune there exists on our planet right now. And I ask myself: Why?

Surely all the problems I have just mentioned have always been around. There has always been wars, famines and sickness and so on. Is there more of it right now; or does it seem that there is more because it is reported more often in the 24 hours news media we have created?

I guess that the miseries we are "enjoying" these days are no more or no different than those of previous generations. What I feel ... what I believe ... is different is the way we are reacting to those miseries.

The natural first instinct is to worry, panic perhaps, and be seriously concerned as to how they will affect us and our families and our loved ones. But then, after a while, and with more bad news on the horizon, we develop misery fatigue. 

We cease to be shocked. We cease to be as concerned as before. We develop an immune response to bad news. We say, "as long as it does not affect me and mine then I'll not be bothered ..."

The miseries of today may not be different or more than the ones of yesteryear but we react differently ... because ... we have distanced ourselves from God.

Over the years, we have managed to exclude Him from every aspects of our lives. He is no longer central to our lives. He is no longer present in our personal life, in our families, in our marriages, our governments, our schools or public life or workplaces. There's a whole new generation growing up with little, if any, opportunity to know God.

In fact God is alien and unknown to many souls. More than ever before in the history of this world. Sure, people may have heard about Him; but that is the extent of the relationship. He is a distant acquaintance perhaps, Someone they heard about and care even less.

We have excluded God from our lives and He, being a gentleman, has let us go. 

It's reminiscent of the story in the Gospel of John Chapter 6 where Jesus says He is "the Bread of life" and later when He says that unless people eat His flesh or drink His blood they will not have life.

This upset some of His listeners and they decided not to follow Jesus any more. And He let them go. 

Today, we are doing the same. Many have decided to distance themselves from God and He let them go. 

He said, "OK ... let your will be done ..."

That's why, I believe, there seems to be more misery these days, and why their effects are more pronounced and more serious.


  1. That's what a like to see, and come home to...
    A nice cheery an usually nice happy
    Blog...Shall l shoot myself now..? Or finish
    this comment first..! HeHe! :). NO! I won't
    give saten that privilege...!

    And..No! I certainly 'Do Not' share misery with
    anyone...No! Way Manuel..or is it Jose'..I've
    experienced my own misery in my life, taken
    it..lived with it,..let it pass me by..and get on
    with my life..! But! The memories always linger..! :(.
    That's my one else's..!

    Bit of good news l suppose, government help
    with energy costs, food, council tax, heating
    bills..l'm entitled to the full £1,500..don't really
    need it..there are a few charities l support, they
    will be welcome to it...Money means very little to
    me..! I've just sent £100 to the charity 'Sense' this
    morning..there welcome to it..God bless them..!

    Can l perhaps suggest to one and all..look on
    the funny~~happy side of life..push misery to
    one side..forget it..give it what it deserves.....

    ♬·¯·♩¸¸♪·¯·♫ ♬·¯·♩¸¸♪·¯·♫ ♬·¯·♩¸¸♪·¯·♫♬·

    1. The sad thing though, is that there is a lot of misery and bad news. Whether it is shared or not.

      Perhaps it's time we turn to God once again - as individuals, as a nation and as a world.

      God bless, Willie.

    2. That would take a miracle Victor...So..Let's
      pray for one...! ❤️🙏

  2. ...there is plenty of misery to go around at the moment.

    1. So true, Tom. We need to pray more.

      God bless you.

  3. Dearest Victor,
    Sadly indeed, God has been removed from schools and public events... We cannot live without God.
    It also is the perfect balance for our body/soul and that's why so many are mentally disturbed...
    May God hear our prayers and help this pitiful world.

    1. It seems that people have decided to go their own way. They think they know better and do not need God.

      God bless you and Pieter, Mariette.

    2. Still here, went in vain to the airport and waited there 2 hours while a friendly agent tried to handle my flight with a higher ranking person from Delta, over the phone.
      Did not work out so they did reroute me for tomorrow...
      Will tray again to cross the pond!
      Hugs to you Victor

  4. Very timely entry. Amazing how the press learned years ago that "If it bleeds, it LEADS!" You stated our feelings in general: "We say, "as long as it does not affect me and mine then I'll not be bothered ...",,,," That is the truth, but HE is the answer, that is for sure.... Love from this side....

    1. Thank you so much for your kindness and your kind words and support for me, Jack.

      God bless you and yours.

  5. Your explanation is as good as any I've heard. Better, actually. Like Jack says, this post is sure timely. I need to quit watching so much 'yellow journalism' and turn to Christ, instead. He and Sean of the South.

    1. " He and Sean of the South." How about me? (Joking).

      It's true and sad, Mevely, that the news seems always to be bad and the news media revel in it. It brings in the viewers and sells papers.

      God bless you.

    2. Of course Victor! (She says while slapping herself in the head.). Look how long it took me to find you: I sure don't want to waste any more time!

  6. I agree, the farther we get away from God the worse it gets.
    We must remember God knows the ending and we who believe are on the winning side. :)

  7. You have hit so many nails squarely on their heads that they should be dizzy.

    It's important to continue to care, to not allow "compassion burnout" to get us, to keep praying and keep being the light.

    1. Thank you, Mimi. It seems these days there's so much bad news that people do not care any more. They are spending as if there's no tomorrow on luxury goods and holidays.

      God bless.

  8. Truer words were never spoken, Victor. We are creatures of free will because God loved us so much. When we think our will is the ultimate goal, we lose everything else, including the inherent value in following and worshiping a loving God. Selfishness, I believe, has made us lose our moral compass.

    1. Not only have we lost our moral compass, we no longer know where to find it.

      God bless, Martha.



God bless you.