The Simplicity of Scepticism

In the world we live in today, we take many things for granted. Inventions, innovation, technology, all that comes and goes and has become such a normal part of our lives. As we are hardly surprised and pleased, we can also be quite sceptical. Scepticism is a great virtue. It prevents us from being easily manipulated and biased, it also makes us to doubt and question everything we hear.

Me as a Politics student, I encounter a lot of skepticism, which is great. However, there is a very thin line between being sceptical and being negative. And even though I know that we should never stop asking ourselves why things are the way they are, we should also not veer towards being sceptical about everything.

I always was sceptical about the role of organisations such as the UN, NATO. Nevertheless, I just went through series of realisations, particularly during my internship with NATO Defense College. I realised that even though world is still not conflict and violence free, we are probably in the best possible position nowadays.

The thing is that we live in the most peaceful time in the history of mankind although, it does not always seem so. The fact that many people are very careful to believe that there is less violence than ever before is simply because of better access to information and the media which mostly report the bad news.

But the point I am trying to make is that due to the power of todays media and the scepticism it  sometimes creates, people so often forget to see the very positive, which we managed to achieve and establish.

What I realised is that even though we live in a world so vastly connected and interdependent we sometimes forget that information still travel in certain speed and not always reach the audience in the original shape. This phenomenon gives us an impression that because information is being shared so fast, the response should be fast and faultless as well. However, that does not always work like that.

Although the communication between people is much easier, there are also many more people, therefore more voices, positions and interests. A lot of Politics students for example complain about the function of the UN. The United Nations (of course not faultless) are according to some insufficient because they hardly reach an agreement.

This argument could be sometimes correct and it is now becoming clearer that the Security Council needs reforming. But the UN like many other organisations have brought such important and positive change to our everyday life that all these sceptics should not overlook that.

During my internship, I witnessed many smart, well educated people who put everything they possibly can into informing others and opening their eyes to the world, which is just so complicated. That is why I think It is impressive that we all do not fight each other and live in complete chaos.  It is even more remarkable especially when you realise how much money, time, patience need to be put into everything in order to communicate and agree on a consensus.

I am not trying to say that we should stop having doubts and being sceptical about everything we hear or see. I also do not mean to stop fighting for the right causes or overlook any wrongdoings being committed. However, what I would like to emphasise is that we should appreciate those who are striving to make the world a better place for all of us. Everything positive we see in todays world took a lot of time and money to achieve. Communication between people – as easy as it seems – is very complicated because simply we cannot talk to everyone, we experience information bias as well as incomplete information and conflict of different interests.

If life would be as easy as being sceptical about everything is, we would live in a paradise. All we can do is to open our eyes and minds and try to understand not only ourselves but also the world around us. Hopefully then we will have less reasons to be sceptical.