Emotional Allergies: Give Me Something to Fight!

It’s spring. Let the sniffling, headaches, and watery eyes commence!

I am a seasonal allergy sufferer and have been reading that many allergies are our immune system’s way to deal with boredom. We disinfect, immunize and otherwise sterilize the world around us and our bodies are left with nothing to fight. So they start fighting our own bodies. Or grass. Or cat fur.

Harmless, and even pleasant, components of the world around are seen as enemies and attacked by our immune systems.

Kind of made me think of some things I see on Facebook.

We attack our brothers and sisters over the most ridiculous things. We aren’t afraid to single out and belittle someone for thinking differently. We see any disagreement as a threat to our well-being.

Are we just bored?

Back in the day, we had real threats to contend with. Like, bears and mountain lions and starvation. Real threats. Today, we live in such comfort and prosperity, there are few imminent threats to our lives. We have nothing left to fight.

So we fight each other.

Friends, I’ll ask you today to consider what I’ve said here before firing back a comment, tweet, whatever. Is it necessary? Is an opposing opinion really a threat to your survival? Can we disagree without attacking and belittling?

Don’t feed your allergy. Fight hunger. Fight poverty. Fight a real threat; not your fellow human.

 

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