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Disaster strengthens me
I bend what you see
Individually I can show you the way
I am alive night and day

What am I?

First time poster here. Thought I would give my first riddle a shot, also any advice/pointers would be appreciated.

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling.SE! Not a bad first riddle! You can earn a badge by taking the tour and learning more about the site, and you can check out the help center for more information on what we like to see in puzzles and their answers. Hope you stick around! $\endgroup$ – F1Krazy Mar 8 '18 at 16:22
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    $\begingroup$ I can show you de wey (sorry) $\endgroup$ – Duncan X Simpson Mar 8 '18 at 19:25
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    $\begingroup$ I don't think a question should be closed merely because it attracted a lot of guesses. The accepted solution fits categorically better than the others, even though I was kind of hoping for an even tighter fit. (EDIT: I just noticed OP's comment about "NEWS". The fit is indeed tight as anything.) Voting to reopen. $\endgroup$ – Bass Mar 10 '18 at 7:02

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I'm confident that the answer is:

The Media.

Disaster Strengthens me:

Disaster and controversy bolster news presence.

I bend what you see:

biased news sources obscure the truth

Individually I show you the way:

one news source will have their own coherent story.

I'm alive night and day

you have the morning and the evening news times (prime time)

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    $\begingroup$ Correct! Well done :) $\endgroup$ – Awsum4sum Mar 9 '18 at 9:04
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    $\begingroup$ @Awsum4sum wait, what? yay! i solved my first puzzling problem. $\endgroup$ – tuskiomi Mar 9 '18 at 9:06
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    $\begingroup$ Yep :) Although the "individually I show you the way" was more referring to each letter being a direction on the compass, N E W S. Your description there was just as good though $\endgroup$ – Awsum4sum Mar 9 '18 at 9:40
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Faith

it is strengthed during disaster, alters the way we see the world, shows people how to live, and always alive in those who have it

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I would guess that you are:

The North Star

Disaster strengthens me

Blackouts would let you see the North Star better

I bend what you see

Kind of a stretch, but it bends the light of stars close to it

Individually I can show you the way

Finding it can tell you which direction is North and allow you to navigate

I am alive night and day

The North Star is in the same position (roughly) both day and night

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice answer but not what I had in mind $\endgroup$ – Awsum4sum Mar 8 '18 at 16:37
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    $\begingroup$ I thought for sure this answer (in a more generic sense) would have been correct. Especially considering a literal interpretation of the word "dis aster" $\endgroup$ – jhbh Mar 8 '18 at 18:47
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Is it

Fear?

Disaster strengthens me

Disasters make people scared

I bend what you see

Mass hysteria / mass panic

Individually I can show you the way

Fear is a mechanism for avoiding threats and danger

I am alive night and day

(long stretch) Somewhere, someone is afraid on the Earth

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  • $\begingroup$ Pretty neat answer... $\endgroup$ – North Mar 8 '18 at 16:39
  • $\begingroup$ Excellent answer! Not what I was looking for though I'm afraid. Also your last line made me laugh, seems a bit sinister $\endgroup$ – Awsum4sum Mar 8 '18 at 16:44
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    $\begingroup$ "Not what I'm looking for though I'm afraid" intended pun? Lol $\endgroup$ – North Mar 8 '18 at 16:54
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The sun! Or more generally a star.

Disaster strengthens me

Nuclear reactions, explosions, radiation!

I bend what you see

General Relativity

Individually I can show you the way

It illuminates our environment during the day...

I am alive night and day

...but it never goes away.

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling SE! Perhaps you can explain your answers a little more elaborately? Not all of us may know about "General Realitivity" $\endgroup$ – North Mar 8 '18 at 23:42
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Is it..

the mind

Disaster strengthens me

When something disastrous is going on, your mind becomes more active to survive.

I bend what you see

It's the mind that gives you the perception of your world. It can change the way you see things in life, both physical as psychological.

Individually I can show you the way

You think with your mind and you are the only one who can access it, it's your mind that can show you the way. When you have to solve a question or you need to find a solution for something, you'll use your mind for it.

I am alive night and day

Your mind is always alive, even when you sleep or dream.

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling SE! Very nice answer, however, I do like to point out that at times the mind may go into panic mode, which in this case is the opposite of focus $\endgroup$ – North Mar 8 '18 at 23:45
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you are

Ugandan knuckles

Disaster strengthens me

Sonic hitting disaster frees up rings for you

I bend what you see

You are so fast that perception of sight is distorted

Individually I can show you the way

DO U KNO DA WAE

I am alive night and day

I play sonic whenever i want. night or day.

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    $\begingroup$ If this is not the correct answer then the universe has depression. $\endgroup$ – Sentinel Mar 8 '18 at 22:32
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Are you:

Light?

Disaster strengthens me

This is is a little bit of a stretch: perhaps instead of a physical light this could refer to the light of the soul? After a disaster, people attempt to help and care for others.

I bend what you see

Vision occurs when light is bent or refracted.

Individually I can show you the way

A flashlight comes to mind. Anything personal or handheld. You use light to guide you in the dark.

I am alive night and day

The sun provides light during the day, we have light sources at night as well. (Including but not limited to moonlight)

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    $\begingroup$ The first line could refer to supernovae. $\endgroup$ – F1Krazy Mar 8 '18 at 16:26
  • $\begingroup$ @F1Krazy Interesting.. I didn't even consider that.. $\endgroup$ – Milk Mar 8 '18 at 16:28
  • $\begingroup$ Good thinking, but not what I was looking for $\endgroup$ – Awsum4sum Mar 8 '18 at 16:37
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I think it is:

Your Brain or Heart

Disaster strengthens me

Every time our heart or brain gets broken, we get stronger for the next one

I bend what you see

Your brain and heart bends what we see

Individually I can show you the way

Your heart or brain can show you the way to do things

I am alive night and day

Your heart and brain never sleeps, it's alive night and day

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  • $\begingroup$ Also during a disaster or trouble, we go into panic, which physically starts to accelerate heart rate. $\endgroup$ – North Mar 8 '18 at 23:41
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This is a stretch but here we go

Weather

Disaster strengthens me

Often one weather catastrophe leads to another i.e earthquakes and tsunamis

I bend what you see

Mirages

Individually I show you the way

not sure yet about this one

I am alive night and day

Weather never really stops.

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How about...

Authority

Disaster strengthens me

After a disaster, governments, organizations, and leaders take control, and institute more rules and regulations.

I bend what you see

Authority has the power to censor, outlaw, or forbid things

Individually I can show you the way

An individual authority, like a parent, mentor, or expert can make you into a better person and guide you.

I am alive night and day

Authority (such as the rule of law and law enforcement) never sleeps

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  • $\begingroup$ I don'tbknow too much about this one. Sometimes disasters can topple government into anarchy or complete riot. $\endgroup$ – North Mar 8 '18 at 23:44
  • $\begingroup$ Eh, I think it fits as well as any answer. And IMO is stronger for the individually line. $\endgroup$ – spacetyper Mar 8 '18 at 23:47
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It can be..

time. During a disaster one can know what bad time is. Disaster can be termed as as any misfortune happening to a person.

Time shows us various phase of life. As the time pass we see various things thought life.

If the time is right, and actions are correct it can show us the right path in life. We get to know what is right and what is wrong as the time passes and can thus select the right path in life.

No matter day or night , time doesn't stops or wait. It keeps on going or is there.

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You are

Prejudice or Discrimination

Disaster strengthens me

when bad things happen, people tend to put blame on others allowing prejudice/discrimination to grow stronger.

I bend what you see

prejudice/discrimination changes what you think of others in a bad way.

Individually I can show you the way

when only an individual does so, it's prejudice/discrimination. But when everyone does so, it becomes social norm.

I am alive night and day

prejudice/discrimination is there all day, everyday.

And all you need is

someone to show you DA WEA. (too dark, had to lighten the mood)

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