|What’s going on in the news these days? Can you re-imagine any differences? In one (yes, just ONE) week in January, we saw
Some might say it was a quiet, even normal, week.
Unfortunately, these headlines and stories are colourful, depressing, hostile and hard to comprehend. And truthfully, what we are witnessing is the repeated attempt to remove the rot that permeates and underpins our entire societal structure.
It reminds me of the fall of Rome. (Not that I have any evidence I was there when it occurred!) However, it is generally understood and accepted that factors like
were the primary drivers behind the decline and fall.
This list looks eerily similar to the mess we seem to live in right now, doesn’t it?
I wrote the following bit on my socials about Harry’s SPARE book during that particular week in January.
As a product of a dysfunctional family myself, I had great empathy for Harry and high hopes for his book. These initial sales numbers for his book and the high viewership stats for his interviews prove that most of us are nosy and want an up close and personal look at life inside the gilded cage.
Whether Harry is right or wrong in doing what he is doing will be debated ad nauseum for years and years.
Here is what I see.
1. Every single one of us at one time or another does something we ultimately realize was silly, dumb, stupid. And since do-overs are rarely allowed, we learn to live with regret.
If and when this finally blows over, I hope Harry gets the peace and closure he is looking for, the royal machine is put in its (rightful) place, and we can all get off the hamster wheel that status, bloodline, appearance and wealth equals value.
Gentle reader, I do NOT have a crystal ball, nor can I tell whether the uprisings, upheavals, unearthings and unveilings we now see regularly will ultimately destroy or make us stronger. But the stench of rot that is being consistently exposed is frankly over-powering. And is making too many of us indifferent to how we live, work, and see the actual state of our world.
I, for one, am still filled with hope. For our humanity, for our world and for our planet.
So, imagine if we began making small individual strides towards doing things for the greater good. Imagine if we ditched most of the old archaic ways we have been taught and lulled into believing. Instead, we used more compassion, connection, courage, commitment, creativity, collaboration, community and contribution in our actions.
Hell, just choose three of those eight characteristics and ditch the preoccupation with wealth at any cost. Imagine the possibilities!
Imagine how much better our world could be.