Recent events have given me the opportunity to remember just how much I cherish and value diversity in our society. I am astonished that in 2017 we find ourselves having to remind others, including those who are supposed to be our role models that regardless of our differences in this world, it is our commonalities that bring us together. It is our compassion, which has been described as unconditional love that can allow us to see through the veil of hate clouding the minds of those who are unable to let go of the pain they chose to carry within. I have asked myself recently, “how is it that people in 2017 can come to feel so passionately about something that is clearly not in the best interest of our communities?” “What hurt are these people clinging to that is placing a mask over their eyes causing them to be blind to the amazing achievements we as human beings create when we work together towards a common goal?”
Then it occurred to me, it is because some people are clinging to a story that they truly believe is the truth. Something has likely occurred in their lives to present them with this twisted point of view and so, they have become lost. In my lifetime, I have also realized that even when people become misguided and have lost their direction, more often than not there is still hope. Sometimes, the ability to change the social framing of events so that others might be willing to listen can happen in just a single conversation. In other cases, it can take years of dedicated work to shift the balance and give opportunity for alternative perspectives to be understood. Clearly, there is much work we still have to do as a society to ensure that the perceptions we create bring joy and inspire others to pursue a path that perpetuates a sustainable, healthy and loving society for all. But I have hope that it can be achieved.
To do this, we have to break down the barriers that prevent us from understanding each other. We need to let go of the painful past that we burden ourselves with and we need to forgive those who have wronged us. We should learn from our past rather than allowing the wicked to perpetuate the cycle of abuse that breeds discontent. We need to be critical of what we have been taught, and ask ourselves the following more often, “How does this perspective strengthen our society?” and let me be clear that when I use the word “society” I do not mean some form of fraternity, cult or faction of people. I define our society as a community of human beings that inhabit the Earth. “What have we done to inspire love rather than hate?” and when I say love I speak of the general sense of caring that is appreciated by all. “How have we behaved today to bring hope to others where perhaps it was beginning to fade?” because hope is what can motivate others to achieve greatness. “In what fashion have we demonstrated love for ourselves and love for the communities that we serve?” because the easiest way to inspire others is to act as a role model that they aspire to imitate. And the last question we should ask ourselves more often is “In what way have we ensured that seven generations from today we will be remembered as someone who cared about a sustainable future for everyone?” because our world is a fragile giant that is slowly withering away, and we as a human race won’t survive without it.
If you are angry, let it go before it breeds hate and causes the suffering of those around you and from within. Then be the change that you want to inspire in others, because if nobody starts, then nothing will change.
Do you value diversity in our world?