By Tony DeLorger © 2011
It is not that we don’t recognise the plight of our fellow earth inhabitants, we choose to ignore it. We choose to allow all manner of harm to come to others as long as it doesn’t impact on us. Both pride and selfishness have become like walls around us, deflecting the truth of what happens in the world. Unable to cope with reality nor prepared to take action, we have become observers, encapsulated in our individual worlds, protecting our loved ones and remaining isolated.
Our communities are hardly shared but co-inhabited, sharing only resources and amenities but little else. Fear has driven us to change our aspirations and dreams, focusing on gaining wealth and thereby able to further separate ourselves from what is most important.
We accumulate prideful of our material accomplishments, strive to better our perceived standing and how we are seen. The more we acquire the more we choose this segregation and as a result create class division, using wealth as a gauge for quality of a human being.
Is it any wonder the world is in such chaos, political systems slowly breaking down, corruption rife and the general populace looking desperately for leadership and consolation. Religion has done little to quell this storm, conflicting ideologies creating contention and even war. So who will change this insidious disease of selfishness? Every one of us can change the world, by changing our world first.
How we live on this earth is our choice, and whatever our circumstance and challenges we must do our best to find happiness and peace in this paradise we have been given. How best we deal with life has more to do with those around us, firstly our parents as role models and then our friends and acquaintances. What we learn about ourselves mostly comes from these interactions. What we do when we close these connections with the world is limit our learning and therefore our growth.
Our focus on acquiring material wealth has outweighed our need for connection to people, limiting our scope of understanding and maintaining a closed circle of contact. As I said fear has become the greatest cause, but we must bravely seek to understand other people and how they are responding to the world. In this way we can learn about the truth of what is happening and who is undermining the peace.
It is easy to run with the crowd, believe the propaganda and live in fear, but life has some surprises. If no-one wants war, terrorism, famine and disease, why then does it exist? The only way the world can change is if we as individuals seek to change, to change racism, religious hatred, the focus on wealth, corruption and greed. Surely the lives of fellow human beings are more important than your next flat screen.
Human beings have cognisance and we have choice in all things. Perhaps we could have made better choices in the past, but we have a chance at redemption, to make more informed decisions, about how we share this planet. It’s worth consideration.