“How does change happen? It happens because you have concern.” Bishop Desmond Tutu
We have seen a big change in our world over the last few months. Thing is, this change has been occurring for the last many years, but this pandemic has sort of brought it out to the forefront.
We have seen wars. We have seen civil unrest. We have seen protests. We have seen so many things happen that there are too many to mention.
What is going on in this world?
Do we need a change?
I say yes.
Throughout this ordeal that we have been going through, I believe we will see a big reset. Not in the economical sort of way, but in a way that will change the direction of humanity from the overexuberant spender, the “I want it all and I want it now” attitude, the “who cares about anyone else, I only care about myself” mantra. There will be big changes.
Where have we gone in a society that we don’t have the common decency to help a person who is down? Think of the antelope being attacked by a lion.
Why can’t we see that when someone isn’t quite feeling it that it isn’t because of some self-inflicted circumstance, it is because they are hurt.
Why are we so adversarial? Whatever happened to being cooperative? Co-operation is more important than survival of the fittest, it is the basis of our nature. It is in nature.
Watch a group of deer standing around. A few will look over to a pond, and then a few more, and once just over half of them look at the pond and decide they are thirsty and want to get a drink, they go. The big buck leader of the group isn’t the one who said “let’s go grab a drink”, it was a true democratic vote.
It’s not just deer, watch the big flock of Starlings flying around. It is magical to watch 100’s of them moving around in the sky. How do they decide which direction to move? It is a democratic vote. When half of them want to move in a new direction the others follow. That’s why it looks like there is a tail to the flock, the last few to catch on (not much unlike the mate who doesn’t take a hint from their spouse!).
When did we become such a materialistic society? When did we have to have something bigger than our neighbours?
Humanity is in for a big change.
There are far too many individuals, groups, industries, corporations that take more than they need. Nothing in nature takes more than it needs. When the rain falls the grass will take what it needs then let the rest go into the stream. We have a term for something in the body that takes more than it needs. We call it cancer.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said:
“Harder still it has proved to rule the dragon Money… A whole generation adopted false principles, and went to their graves in the belief they were enriching the country they were impoverishing.”
False principles. Are we that far out as a society that we have adopted these and think we are doing a good job?
Daniel Quinn has written many books, one which is called simply “Ishmael”.
Ishmael’s paradigm of history is startlingly different from the one wired into our cultural consciousness. For Ishmael, our agricultural revolution was not a technological event but a moral one, a rebellion against an ethical structure inherent in the community of life since its foundation four billion years ago. Having escaped the restraints of this ethical structure, humankind made itself a global tyrant, wielding deadly force over all other species while lacking the wisdom to make its tyranny a beneficial one or even a sustainable one.
I tend to agree.
Over and over again in Daniel’s books, the statement that is made is “There is no one right way for people to live”. Truth. We should not look at others way of life and say it is wrong.
What ever happened to live and let live?
What happened to love your neighbour?
In Charles Darwin’s book, The Descent of Man, he mentioned “survival of the fittest” only two times. He mentioned the need for “love” 95 times.
So, how does this get us back to how does change happen?
You are not on an island. You don’t have to do it all yourself.
Learn how to give and recognize that giving isn’t a loss.
Make a positive impact on people.
Touch someone’s life to aid them in transforming their life.
Rumi said “When you do things from your soul you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”. Do things from your soul.
Jane Goodall blazed a trail. She worked to improve the lives of people, animals and the environment through the sharing the love and inspiring people to take action.
Mahatma Ghandi seeked truth in a spirit of peace and love, through which he came to be considered the father of his country via the nationalist movement against the British rule.
Martin Luther King Jr. led the civil rights movement in the United States with peaceful and non-violent ways. While he was in jail he wrote sermons entitled “Love in Action” and “Love Your Enemies”, which were published in his book “Strength to Love”.
Mother Teresa was the ultimate humanitarian whose order established a hospice, centers for the blind, aged and disabled and a leper colony, among others. In 1985 she opened “Gift of Love”, a home for those infected with HIV/AIDS.
What is the common theme here?
And it all starts with you.
Once you love yourself, you can share it with the world.
When we know our true self, we understand that we aren’t just here to search for happiness but to follow our joy and spread the love. When we know that we aren’t here to look for love, but to be a loving person then we can turn it around.
BE instead of HAVE.
BE LOVE instead of HAVE LOVE.
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