We live in a society where how you look and how much money you can make is valued more than your soul. We live in a world where millions of people struggle to attain food and water, the basic necessities of life, while we live in luxury by comparison, and the vast majority of wealth and power is controlled by an elite few. Our leaders prioritise war, slaughter, power and money over the basic needs of all, and the depressing truth is that most of the population is expendable to them. Our planet and it’s creatures are being irreparably damaged by the actions of mankind. We are ignoring that our grandchildren and their grandchildren after them will also have to grow up on this planet.
We are avoiding the reality of these situations, and when we should be outraged we are instead indifferent. Many of us refuse to use our voices and speak out. We act like it’s not our responsibility to do something. We switch on our TVs and give our brains over to an illusion. We idolise self-centred celebrities, while deriding those people who dare to think differently and try to change the status quo. We spend more time deciding what to wear, and what our next purchase on eBay will be, than we think about how we can make the world a better place for everyone. We marvel at 2 minute YouTube videos showing acts of kindness like it’s something alien to us when instead it should be the norm. We judge and criticise others for their failings, as if we ourselves are without fault. We hate being proven wrong. We pride ourselves on winning, very often at the expense of others, and many of us get a thrill from seeing others fail. Our society worships at the altar of arrogance and self-importance.
We have forgotten what it means to be tender, compassionate, humble, flawed and beautiful. We have become so emotionally closed-down that saying ‘I love you’ to someone is like some kind of dirty secret that has to be whispered. Like a flower without water, our basic humanity is wilting and dying. Our world is on a downhill slope. We can achieve great things. We can send people into space, we can manipulate atoms, we can connect the entire world with the internet – we are going through our technological adolescence, but morally, emotionally and spiritually, we are infants, barely able to crawl. Humankind has placed itself on a pedestal, the supreme rulers of planet Earth, the master of all creatures. Little do we realise our own foolishness in doing so.
If mankind continues on the path we are on I have no doubt that we are headed for a big fall. It becomes increasingly likely in my mind that it will not be some natural catastrophe that ends our world but that we will destroy ourselves. Unlike in superhero movies where Batman or Superman saves us from the bad guys, there is no-one who will rescue us from ourselves – we alone must do that. Until we realise our common bond again, not just with each other, but with all life, nothing will change. We talk about races and countries, but until we accept that we are all part of one race and we all share this planet we won’t progress. We must rediscover our humanity, and see that we need each other. We must learn to value kindness and love over all else.
So as we look ahead to a new week, make a new effort to love others, people you see everyday and complete strangers. We all bleed. Build someone up rather than tear them down. Drop the illusions of importance, take off the mask, be your vulnerable imperfect self, and speak from your soul. Smile, listen, encourage, forgive, choose peace over conflict, and remember that our fate is in our own hands. I wish you all a great week.