Judging from the state the world at the moment, our vision for it has been somewhat skewed in the past. “Thought creates reality.” Either that, or we did not exercise our autonomous free will enough. Or, perhaps both are true.
The collective outcry
But wait. We are starting to witness a collective outcry in various parts of the world. “We’re not happy with how things are being run!” In France, Hong Kong, various countries in South America, people are finding their voice. Unfortunately, unhappiness has been bottled up for a long time, so some of the outcry has dissolved into violent conflict.
To be perfectly clear, I am not condoning violence. I do, however, believe in our basic human right to autonomous thought and free speech. The lesson? Better to speak sooner than later if a situation is not working for you., so it can be done peaceably and wisely. As Thoreau said:
“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things..” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
We fear change, but change can be good
Be not disheartened by the state of the world. After a point, dissatisfaction and unhappiness simply cannot be contained. Historically there are cycles, and the pendulum swings. Back and forth it goes, until we find an equilibrium.
There are times in our lives when we get what we need, not what we want. And that is where the learning and growth are to be found. Celebrate that. Because I do believe we are moving towards a much better world, if we so choose.
“There is a light in this world. A healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, and too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.” ~ Richard Attenborough
“all streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. humility gives it its power. if you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. if you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.” ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
“A million workers workin’ for nothin’, You better give ’em what they really own.” ~ John Lennon, Power to the People
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