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Two Social Media Trends Show Hope and Optimism

Two Social Media Trends Show Hope and OptimismTwo trends I’ve noticed for some time on social media give cause for well-needed hope for society.

One is a great and growing kindness towards the entire animal kingdom, and the second is unphotoshopped evidence of incredibly precocious children who exhibit skills far beyond their years.

Let me talk about the latter first.  On social media, I have seen a 19-month-old baby who could read -– not by memory, but actually see a word and read it; I’ve seen a 2-year-old boy play a drum set with perfect rhythm including the cymbals; I’ve seen a very young female Indian child dance perfectly with hand gestures and feet movements to a traditional bhangra song; I’ve seen a very young boy play complicated classical piano pieces, utilizing the full range of the keyboard; I’ve seen a 3-year-old boy at a microphone, wailing lyrics while his dad plays heavy metal on a guitar; and the list goes on.  What’s happening here?  How can these extremely young children be so proficient with music, with reading and sometimes math skills, and occasionally also with art?  To me, it doesn’t make sense that the child is so talented as to pick this up from scratch in the earliest months or years of its life.  The explanation that sits far better, in my opinion, is that these are older souls reincarnating to further explore their gifts, talents, and passions, and to do so with a true head start.

What it tells us is that all over the world older souls are returning.  This is good news because, in addition to talent, older souls always bring greater wisdom just by virtue of having learned lessons in earth school many times over. And this gives me hope for the future.

The other trend on social media that was mentioned regards the new and increasing kindness towards the animal kingdom that I have witnessed -– video clips of people giving massages or gentle baths to all manner of animals, not just dogs and cats, but to otters, bats, a ring-tailed thingamabob from Africa, lion and tiger cubs, squirrels… and the list goes on.  I even saw a diver pet a fish!  In all cases, the animals appear to love it, and luxuriate in the sensual delight of being rubbed, petted, massaged, or bathed.  There were people who even reached out to reptiles.  And this doesn’t even touch up the many, many instances around the globe in which people, when able, rescued creatures of the wild – in the seas where whales, turtles and even sharks were trapped in discarded plastic nettings or soda can binders, or on land where animals fell into wells, were drowning in deep water or on ice floes, got wedged between trees or fences, or were orphaned.

Along with this much greater sensitivity of the human race towards fellow planet Earth inhabitants, there are also plenty of examples of animals befriending and playing with those of other species – cats with birds or rodents, dogs with elephants, and even a pseudo-sibling trio of a tiger, a bear, and a lion – all demonstrating a sea-change of harmony and peace between species.  It brings to mind the Biblical phrase: “…when the lion will lie down with the lamb (Isaiah 11:6),” meaning good days to come.

In all, it’s very heartening and stands in great contrast to the dark news and political tensions that we are daily bombarded with.  It gives a refreshing counterpoint to the anxiety and depression rampant in today’s world.  Again, in my opinion, both of these trends are cause for great hope and optimism.


Judi Thomases is a contributing blogger for JenningsWire online magazine.

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