Violence came to visit my home. And I see it in the riots in Greece and Vancouver. The out of control beating up of people because someone is feeling "dissed". The flash mob robberies of stores.
People feel that other people are taking something from them, so they feel entilted to take and destroy.
And this comes out in little ways – pushing/cutting in a line, not listening with eyes of disdain at someone from a different political party, raging at a slow driver ahead of your car.
"Self importance is our greatest enemy. Think about it – what weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellowmen. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone."
It’s time to stop allowing ourselves to be pitted against one another.
We need to be a society of creators and helpers, not a society consumed with buying, gossip and entertainment.
What could you create if you turned off the TV for the night? Who could you help, if you got off the computer? Who could you build up and mentor if you had one less shopping trip a week?
Who do you want to be in this world? A negative, energy drainer? Or one that brings light and love to others?
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. It’s not so much what we do, but who we are doing it. And I need to intentionally choose who I want to be.
It’s not someone else’s problem. It’s our problem. Which means we are the solution.
Photo by: Grzegorz Łobiński