Never mind the headlines. We’ve never lived in such peaceful times.
I know this goes against the grain of what we are constantly bombarded with from “normal” media outlets, but one has to ask the question, “Who benefits from us cowering in our homes being afraid to venture out and discover for ourselves, the world is a friendly place and not what is presented to us?” “Who benefits from us fearing that ISIS is taking over the world?” Who benefits from us squabbling over issues that don’t really affect us?”
This doesn’t mean that some horrible events aren’t happening around the world; they are. But the point I am making here is that if you compare what has happened historically to what is happening now statistically, we live in, arguably, the best, most peaceful time this planet has had for many hundreds of years.
It appears that the phrase, “Evolution, not Revolution,” is the order of the day.
There are still many, many problems that need to be addressed in the world. And there are many, many more issues that need to be corrected, but the message here is, “We are making progress, albeit slowly, but we are making progress.”
As I mentioned above, Evolution, not Revolution is the key to maintaining a steady progress. Of course, the more people that are trying to make a difference, the faster it will happen.
Please read this story to confirm statistics for yourself. It is very enlightening and in my opinion, rather encouraging that we as a global village are making progress.
“As troubling as the recent headlines have been, these lamentations need a second look.”
The world is NOT ideal, it’s not utopian and will never be utopian. That’s not the aim, but if we have a dream of what an ideal world would look like, we can move in that direction. And yet, we may never reach that ideal world, but every step we take in that direction makes the world or our own small part of it, just that much better for ourselves, our family and friends and our neighbours.
Wouldn’t it be great to just all get along? We can if we are all just a little bit more tolerant of each other. Sure, I may not agree with what you say or some of your opinions, but we would be robots if we all agreed on everything. That is what makes this great planet of ours so great.
Sometimes, people make mistakes. Sometimes people are influenced by others that are trying to create unrest. Those people creating the unrest benefit from our squabbling. Chaos normally ensues from constant squabbling and people feel disillusioned by society in general. But, if we just take a step back from the unrest and have a really good look at what is there, most of the time we will see people trying to do the right thing and yet often messing it up, but more often, getting it right.
Maybe it’s time to focus on the right things and not so much on the wrong things. Yes, the wrong things are still there and yes, they will still occur, but the more we focus on the right things, the more we get the right things.
“Who am I to change the world?” You may ask yourself. You have family, you have friends, you have work colleagues, you have online friends and associates. You more than likely underestimate your influence among your peers. If you see something that you know isn’t right, then say something. It doesn’t have to be a full-on dissertation on the right and wrong of a situation, it could be as simple as saying, “Hey, do you know that downloading movies is illegal?” or “Hey, Steve, that wasn’t a very nice thing to say to that girl,” or “Hey, did you know that guy was actually only saying that you look beautiful, he wasn’t trying to pick you up?”
Let me explain how I see it in a different way.
Let’s assume that all arguments, nasty comments, sarcastic comments and any heated disagreements are all added together. Add to these, the actions that are harmful on any scale, the more harmful, the bigger impact. Now just imagine that these form a cloud of harmful actions. This cloud acts like a fog. Often it’s all we can see.
Now imagine a cloud full of all the wonderful things that we do for each other, the genuine compliments that we give each other. The pats on the back we get and give each other, the, “hey, great job,” we say to each other. The well intentioned helping hand we give each other. The “I don’t agree with you, but I am not going to belittle you for having that opinion,” times in our lives. The great music concerts we attend, the arts and all the wonderful things in the world.
Let’s call these clouds, simply “Good” and “Bad” for ease of explanation.
If you make a “Bad” comment to another person or create a bad action towards another, you add to the “Bad” cloud. But if you make kind comments or encouraging comments, or create a good situation from a bad one or simply help someone do or achieve something, you add to the “Good” cloud.
Now imagine that when the good cloud comes into contact with the bad cloud, the good cloud dissolves the parts of the bad cloud that it touches. How many times have you seen this in action? You see a child crying. You ask why they are crying; you can feel the Bad Cloud around them. When you find out why they are crying, you do something to make them feel better and once they are over the situation, you see the Good Cloud return. You feel the goodness of the Good Cloud.
The main message here is that the Good cloud IS winning over the Bad cloud, but there is so much more that needs to be done. If we all put our effort towards a better Good cloud, then it will grow faster and over power the Bad cloud so much sooner.
I believe that people are basically good and that the vast majority of us want to contribute to the Good cloud, but often don’t know how or sometimes don’t care. That does not make us Bad people, it just means that we have had many times where we have tried to do right and have either failed or it was misunderstood and we received a Bad response to what we were trying to achieve. As I mentioned earlier, people make mistakes and we need to be more tolerant of those mistakes.
The only reason anyone would want to contribute to the Bad cloud, is if they are an inherently Bad person. I believe this does occur, but a lot less than we imagine.
Here is the challenge. Let’s make one more Good comment than we did yesterday. Let’s do one more Good thing than we did yesterday. Let’s do or say one less Bad thing than we did yesterday and see if we can Evolve our world into something that more closely resembles our ideal world. We CAN make a difference, one person at a time.
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