Monday, July 8, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 153


Everything is going to be fine

John Moon
Opinion Columnist

I've read some of the articles from other columnists, and I've realized just how depressing we all sound. Even I, in the past, have been
kind of a downer about the state of the world. I've noticed that we rant and rave about every injustice we can get our journalistic hands

We put things under an idealistic microscope and make everything life and death. It's understandable considering we have to write a
column a week, and we have to make it sound inspired. 

I'm going to attempt to do something original, although as a wise man once said, "There's nothing new under the sun."

I think this ball of dirt we live on can be an incredibly screwed up place. Even in the brave new world of the 21st century, we still have
war, disease, murder and a thousand other unspeakable crimes against humanity.

Things still aren't as good as all those books about a utopian future, but things aren't really as bad as we make them out to be.

This world can be a beautiful place if one wants to see it. I think we try to make the problems in our lives bigger than they really are. I
think it makes us feel like we have some great struggle, some great cause. I think many of us magnify our problems so we feel like
we have the right to complain.

The reality is that, if you're in good health, you should feel blessed beyond words. We shouldn't complain about having to walk around
our sprawling campus. We should be grateful we have the ability to walk.

So why is it that in the most prosperous country in the world, able-bodied young men and women complain about trivial things? I think
human beings need tragedy in their lives to feel complete. We need loss and pain in order to live a full life. Without the negative things
in our lives, how could we possibly gauge the good things? Good things would cease being good, and bad things would cease to

I think we complain and rant just to give the good things in our lives perspective.

I'm just proposing that we realize that things might not be as bad as we think they are. The world isn't really going to hell in a
hand-basket even though we think it is. The world is truly a beautiful place, and I'm glad I have a front row seat at the demolition derby
of humanity. I wouldn't trade my place in the world for anything. Those of you who would, should think long and hard about what you
have going for you.

I hope you all have a good day. I'll probably be back to complaining next week.

Moon, a sophomore 
communication major, can be reached at

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