The world isn't a horrible place. This country is not the throne room of the AntiChrist. President Obama isn't deliberately scheming to remove freedoms. The GOP is not a blood-sucking, money-hungry coven of sick bastards who would kill their mothers for a buck. Conversely, neither are the Democrats.
One of the reasons there seems to be widespread mania is that the paid media wants that to happen. As a rule, insanity sells and the crazier things become, the greater the opportunity to exploit and and increase the crazy quotient by hyping it up for ratings. As human beings, we are created with an innate desire to find an antagonist to the story of our life. We want to find the "boogeyman" and point out to the world that he is, in fact, the boogeyman.
Meanwhile, the management at radio stations and televisions see their numbers go up as does their salaries. They make the decision to streamline even further to increase their bottom line - they replace talent with marginal talent and the aggregate result is hyperbole pouring from the mouths of the uninformed into the ears of the easily influenced population.
I've written about this before.
Inaction doesn't work. Action works. The song, "Waitin' On the World to Change" is a happy feeling song, but the lyrics are wickedly intense and describes a much darker reality than what appears on the surface. Dig deeper and you'll see.
We can't change the world sitting on our asses waiting for someone else to do it. Become active either overtly or covertly. Inform others without being a dick bag about it and becoming one of those "sky is falling" idiots we are protecting ourselves from.
To be the solution, we have to do something, and typically it starts at home. It's up to you. Do you want to wait for the world around you to change or do you want to be the change?