By Kate E. Stephenson
dystopia (n.): a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.
Some days you look around and wonder what kind of world is this? The news anchor reports the nightly mayhem and death. Your RSS feed tells you stocks fell again and the world is going into a deep depression. Your next door neighbor lost his home when the housing bubble burst, and you see people famous for being famous in Lamborghinis while you pass a homeless man who used to have a good job at a factory that was downsized. The nastiness around us can bring that claustrophobic misery into our lives. But nothing is characterized by only negative. Where there is darkness there must also be light. When the ails of the world intrude upon your peace, find the positives that help refocus you. No, life may not be perfect, but what is? Utopia is just as unrealistic as dystopia—the reality is always something in the middle. That’s where we all live, in the middle. So find your centering.
Kate E. Stephenson is a freelance communications specialist whose business encompasses writing, editing and resume services. Lexicon is her brainchild, a blog all about Language! Insight into today’s job market and hiring tips, book releases and reviews, and general folly concerning the many mysterious facets of the English language, Lexicon is all about how we talk, write and communicate—even non-verbally. Be sure to read more about Kate, check out a full listing of services and rates, and enjoy the weekly updates her on Lexicon!