Saturday, 31 March 2007

A new revolution in the new world

Does anyone feel like the world has got 2 big for its boots and is busy being cut down to size? Global warming – (tsunamis, storms, earthquakes), poverty, violence - in particular the kind the crosses the line (against women and children), obesity, HIV/AIDS, cancers, the new war using terrorism, child slaves, corruption to name a few. What the hell is going on?! Was it always like this?

You can’t help but wonder if the global village with access to excess media has exacerbated the problem. We seem to be on a path of destruction that we have created. As a society we want more and more and the moral fabric is clearly decaying. I personally seem to be fighting every day to lead a full, healthy and worthy life that is deep and meaningful, balanced and safe. This word ‘stress’……was this always a fight? Did my grandparents stress so much? I think for them the fight may have been different. Back then the world that was NOT full of everything you could ever want. Feeding your large family in the Industrial Age may have been one of the primary stresses. This was the time when economies were built off people’s backs, not their brains. We have moved through the knowledge age and hopefully we are moving into an age that is a little more creative and community based. We need to care more.

I am not saying that change and progression is not good. I personally love revolutionary thinking that changes the way we behave, BUT there is always a dark side to the bright one. Life is about balance.

In South Africa our problems are no different. We do have one of the highest instances of violent crime in the world and we need to change that. We also have a polarised economy that has more than ¾’s of the population with no real access to good education living in various states of poverty. There are plans in place to rectify these problems but the government can’t do it alone. The broader society needs to contribute, we all need to make a difference, and it won’t happen overnight. We need to look at this new world and learn from the mistakes it has made. Unlike so many other countries, we have been given the opportunity to start afresh. We need to guard against all the horrors the new world has created and embrace the bright opportunities that are so clearly visible. More than anything we need to be confident, authentic and care about each other and our planet.
Why can’t we lead this positive revolution in the world from the shores of the ‘Dark Continent’? We just have to get our minds right!

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