There’s basically no one today escaping from the various form of reported crises. There’s the personal crisis, the financial crisis, migration crisis, what-should-I-wear-today crisis etc. The list goes on forever and the longer this concept is used without further reflection, the less specific it will become. Now, naturally, you’d ask yourself “why the FUCK would I need to reflect on this ever in my beautiful life?” We’re about to tell you.
Did you hear about the upcoming, newest, latest, freshest crisis coming up in the financial sector? Some experts believe this will happen because of the Chinese economy (allegedly) falling apart, while others speculate that it’s due to a total lack of trust in the political sector, all over the world but most significantly in the US. However, as always, nobody really has a damn clue about anything and wild speculations are always a fun use of spare time.
Except for when, you know, you’ve actually have dreams, goals and ideas in life.
Then not so much.
But, let’s not get all judgmental about it, that’s not very nice.
Let’s instead focus on the pure meaning of a crisis, what is it and is it really that dramatic? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a crisis is:
“1a: the turning point for better or worse in an acute disease or fever b: a paroxysmal attack of pain, distress, or disordered function c: an emotionally significant event or radical change of status in a person’s life <a midlife crisis>
2: the decisive moment (as in a literary plot)
3a: an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending; especially: one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome <a financial crisis> b: a situation that has reached a critical phase <the environmental crisis>”
Because Merriam-Webster is an awesome dictionary, they also provide examples of how to use crisis in a sentence. Hold your horses folks, here comes the selection:
“She was dealing with a family crisis at the time.
Most people blame the government for the country’s worsening economic crisis.
Last year’s state budget crisis.
In times of national crisis, we need strong leaders we can trust.
A year ago, both companies were in crisis.”
Observing these examples perfectly portrays the many dimensions in which the concept of crisis can and is very much indeed being used today. Everything anyone can think of may suddenly be re-phrased into looking like a complete disaster, a crisis, a need for fear, anger and solid action. But hold on a sec, isn’t there far too many things in life requiring action and inviting for negative emotions? Would you enjoy life if you saw every little thing as a crisis in the negative sense? You ordered a cappuccino and it’s too hot – crisis! Your favorite sweater is dirty – crisis! You’re working out and you ran out of water – crisis! You’re in the bus and not enough people with red hair are there with you – crisis! Broccoli doesn’t taste as good when you make it, as it does in that restaurant – crisis! The world economy – permanent state of crisis! The universe – a crisis!
As Merriam-Webster puts it, a crisis is a shift in emotional state – and most people go through many of those babies on a daily basis. Collectively, that happens too – on special annual occasions, during events (good or bad), when changing environment (traveling) and when pursuing something in life. If all of that is a crisis, then it’s probably the best thing happening to the human race because it’s a marker, it’s a shift to something else. Still living in caves and being eaten by bears, not having iPhones and awesome magazines online wouldn’t be too much of a life today, would it?
As far as media reporting and political statements, the rhetoric involving this big word is just another way of trying to evoke a shift in emotion, anything for a few clicks or votes. In times of presidential shifts, changes and development in any segment, there will be this fight to call a thing a crisis. Whoever succeeds in that will be seen as the current pioneer having seen this big (often bad) thing and making it public – staying on the side of the people as the saying goes.
Except they don’t, it’s just a successful rhetorical method for catching people’s attention.
In regards to the personal form of crisis, how many books have been written with the aim of self-helping people in all sorts of crises? Millions. M.I.L.L.I.O.N.S. And fantastically enough, they keep happening. It’s pretty difficult to actually realize the scope of this industry – imagine all shifts in emotional states being prone to become a subject for discussion. Even the slightest little shift – because that’s what’s going on.
On a global level, countries in crises are yet again countries in some sort of shift, collective emotional shift. The current migration shift is currently being represented as such an emotional shift, both from the perspective of the migrants as well as the host countries. There’s the need to occupy a current event and define it in negative terms because negativity is far more likely to be followed by action, while positive reporting will be seen as naïve story-telling.
Now, reflecting on this could be quite useful to all people on this planet. The phrase “call the whaaaaaaambulance” wasn’t invented for nothing. The excuse in which nagging, whining and spreading negativity all over the place isn’t really helping anyone with anything. It’s a very time and energy consuming hobby, and a total pain in the ass to the people around the whiner in charge. Using the concept of crisis in this way is a trend and it keeps growing, with the result of influencing people’s daily lives in a very negative way.
Which is a dumbass thing. Working on eliminating this sort of influence might be a really great idea, not only to stay sane but also in order to be able to make something out of life. Bitching about crises isn’t.
Yet another dictionary, Dictionary, has a solid description of what a crisis is:
“noun, plural crises [krahy-seez]
a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events,especially for better or for worse, is determined; turning point.
2. a condition of instability or danger, as in social, economic, political, or international affairs, leading to a decisive change.
3. a dramatic emotional or circumstantial upheaval in a person’s life.
the point in the course of a serious disease at which a decisivechange occurs, leading either to recovery orto death.
the change itself.
5. the point in a play or story at which hostile elements are most tenselyopposed to each other.
6. of, referring to, or for use in dealing with a crisis.”
There you go, once again there’s nothing necessarily indicating ridiculous amounts of fear, danger, disaster, conflicts or anything else negatively affecting people.
The Oxford Dictionary, has a similar description:
“NOUN (plural crises /ˈkrʌɪsiːz/)
1 A time of intense difficulty or danger: the current economic crisis[MASS NOUN]: the monarchy was in crisis
1.1 A time when a difficult or important decision must be made: [AS MODIFIER]: the situation has reached crisis point
1.2 The turning point of a disease when an important change takes place, indicating either recovery or death.”
The Cambridge Dictionary states the following about crisis:
“a time of great disagreement, confusion, or suffering: The country’s leadership is in crisis. An economic/financial crisis. We have a family crisis on my hands – my 16-year-old sister is pregnant.
An extremely difficult or dangerous point in a situation: crisis talks. a mediator has been called in to resolve the crisis.
US (also crisis point) a moment during a serious illness when there is the possibility of suddenly getting either better or worse: He’s passed the crisis – the fever’s started to go down.
A crisis of confidence
A sudden loss of confidence: With inflation at 500 %, the country faes a crisis of confidence.”
The Collins Dictionary has the following to say about crisis:
“A crucial stage or turning point in the course of something, esp in a sequence of events or a disease.
An unstable period, esp one of extreme trouble or danger in politics, economics, etc.
(pathology) A sudden change, for better or worse, in the course of a disease
From Latin: decision, from Greek krisis, from krinein to decide
Synonyms = emergency, plight, catastrophe, predicament, pass, disaster, mess, dilemma, strait, deep water, metldown ( informal), extremity, quandary, dire straits, exigency, critical situation
= critical point, climax, point of no return, height, confrontation, crunch (informal), turning point, culmination, crux, moment of truth, climacteric, tipping point”
Finally, the Macmillan Dictionary defines crisis as the following:
“1 An urgent, difficult, or dangerous situation.
A period of economic/financial/political crisis.
Defuse/resolve/solve a crisis:
Talks have so far failed to resolve the crisis (=end it).
The current crisis in the farming industry.
We admit that the nursing profession is in crisis.
A dangerous situation in someone’s personal or professional life when something could fail:
He’s the kind of person who copes well in a crisis.
A mid-life crisis (=a time around the age of 40 when someone feels dissatisfied with their life):
Perhaps your father is having some sort of mid-life crisis.
2 Medical: A time when a disease starts to get better or worse very suddenly.”
In need of further proof of a crisis not being the very end of the world, not requiring people to go worry their butts off and not to create imaginary problems in times when emotional shifts occur? It’s worth reflecting on, because using whatever crisis that might be going on currently as a way of evolving is absolutely perfect. Look at it as an invitation.