“I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow-creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again” Stephen Grellet
We live in this world and are its caretakers for a short time period. Our time is just a blip on the timeline of this planet. There are many issues affecting this planet. Over the past 40 years, our governments have created “War’s on” poverty, terrorism, drugs, and more. During this time, the poverty, terrorism, and drug trade have grown to be even bigger problems. When we make another human being into an adversary, we make them wrong and us right. No one wants to be wrong and have to surrender to another individual or country. This situation escalates the problem instead of diminishing it. We need to treat all human beings with dignity and respect even when we disagree with them.
The only difference between “Me” and “We” is the first letter. Flip the “Me” upside down and you get a “W.” Flip the “W” upside down and you get a “M.” We live in an upside down world. The focus is on “Me” when it should be “We.” To leave this world in better shape than we found it. We need to flip the “M” and focus on the “We.” Particularly in North America, there is a strong sense of individualism compared to Europe and Asia. We need to become more collectivist and less individualist. Instead of focusing on “my rights” we need to focus on “our rights and responsibilities” to this planet and our fellow human beings. How can a fellow human being be labelled as an illegal alien? Does that mean there are legal aliens?
Action Exercise: Pick an issue that you see a better solution than what is currently being tried. Focus on a new solution instead of the actual issue. For example, don’t argue that homelessness is wrong but provide ideas to how it can be reduced. You will probably find that people will listen to you instead of getting their backs up.