((Usual Disclaimer: Everything I say here is my own opinion.  I am no expert on anything other than my own understanding, garnered across decades of study.  I am fallible and am likely wrong about a lot of things.  So what?  So are you.  The whole point here is to share and expand the ways we are thinking. 🙂  I encourage healthy debate!  I discourage bad behavior.))

There are a LOT of things wrong in the world today,  We all have our differing opinions as to what those things are, but there are some key elements on which a large number of us can mostly agree.

  1. We have lost the ability to hold respect for one another.
  2. We no longer value clear and precise communication.
  3. We forget the key to personal freedom: that ours ends where another’s begins.
  4. We have lost the art of compassion and simple acts of kindness.
  5. We hold very little, if anything, sacred or precious.
  6. We react based on emotions instead of acting based on understanding.
  7. We are hurting, so we feel justified in hurting others.
  8. We do not value true intelligence.
  9. We do not value integrity.
  10. Most of us have some level of psychological disturbance or illness.
  11. We do not know our true history as a species.
  12. We do not know who we truly are, as spiritual creatures.
  13. We do not comprehend the actuality of the power of love.

There are endless others, but these are some of the most important, in my estimation.

Let’s look at them individually:

  • We have lost the ability to hold respect for one another.

Especially here in America, we are REAL big on personal freedoms (though we don’t seem to realize that people in some other countries have it a lot better in this department than we do).  What that seems to translate to, in the minds of the mostly uneducated (or at least averse to learning) masses, is that “We can do WHATEVER we want!”  But this simply isn’t true.  In CIVILIZED society, people consider one another’s feelings and perspectives, and don’t go around trying to hurt people or deny them their opinions.  There was a time in this Country, and around the world, when people knew when to keep their traps SHUT, in the name of common decency.  We seem to no longer understand the VALUE of this stance.  Disagree all you like – but when you try to prevent someone from feeling or believing a certain way, you have lost respect for that other person – and I can guarantee you would not appreciate it if that was happening to you.

  • We no longer value clear and precise communication.

This one personally injures my soul on a daily basis.  I was born a communicator.  But I find myself on a planet where the vast majority of the inhabitants know – or care – nothing about true communication.  Communication is SO much more than “just” our words, and yet, for the most part, the majority of us never even really learn to use WORDS correctly.  And even if we become really educated as to WORDS, we still miss that communication is a give-and-take phenomenon.  More than half of communication is really LISTENING to what the other side has to say, and actually CONSIDERING it.  It also entails being able to recognize and deal with emotions – your own, and others’.  Communication is about making a CONNECTION with the other person and digging deep to bring truths to the surface.  True communication is not easy.  But it is a vital part of living together, whether in a household or in a community, or in the WORLD.

  • We forget the key to personal freedom: that ours ends where another’s begins.

My father, an enlisted man in the Air Force for 20 years, said this to me: “My freedom ends where yours begins.”  He was not a complex man, but this was one adage to which he seemed to mostly adhere, throughout his life.  We ALL each have freedom here in America, but we thwart that freedom for others when we insist on our own way.  In reality, we don’t GET to tell other people how to live their lives. what to say or not to say, or whether or not they are due basic human dignity.  Anyone coerced into ANYTHING is no longer FREE.  So you absolutely NEGATE the whole MEANING of the Constitution when you try to force someone to take your views instead of their own.  ALSO: Freedom of speech does NOT mean you can avoid criticism.  You are free to speak.  You are free to act.  You are also free to suffer the consequences of your speech and actions if they are not in accord with society’s (generally cooperative) norms.

  • We have lost the art of compassion and simple acts of kindness.

I have actually known people who say they have NO IDEA what compassion is.  I tend to believe it is a rampant issue.  Compassion and kindness are still considered “weak” attributes to many people.  With the prevalence of NIMBY (“Not In My Back Yard!”), and a trending attitude that we live in a “dog-eat-dog” sort of world, these ideals are not high on a lot of people’s lists.  And yet, without the ability to connect to the hearts of others and the capability to reach out a hand in assistance or comfort, we are doomed as a species.  It is a major component of the human creature.  It even exists in the “lower” animal kingdom.  It is CARING FOR ONE ANOTHER that makes society WORK.  We lose that, and we utterly lose civilization.

  • We hold very little, if anything, sacred or precious.

People get all freaked out over the word sacred, if they are not religiously-minded.  But in actuality, it simply means “special”, “set apart”, “precious”.  One does not have to go to church or follow a religious tradition to honor the value of (ALL) life, to understand the importance of cherishing what matters most to us.  We have come to a point where nothing is sacred, everything is open to being made profane.  We have become so crude in our expressions – and so accepting of all the coarse and indecent offal that comes out of others – that it lowers the value of EVERYTHING.  As a society, we keep lowering the bar, by permitting more and more that defines us overall as “nasty”.

  • We react based on emotions instead of acting based on understanding.

 

  • We are hurting, so we feel justified in hurting others.

 

  • We do not value true intelligence.

 

  • We do not value integrity.

 

  • Most of us have some level of psychological disturbance or illness.

 

  • We do not know our true history as a species.

 

  • We do not know who we truly are, as spiritual creatures.

 

  • We do not comprehend the actuality of the power of love.

 

 

Conspiracy theories about what may or may not be happening on this planet aside, we have issues betwixt and between individuals and groups that we can actually DO something about.  Whether you believe in an evil cabal that is holding the world hostage for some inexplicable reason, or you believe that we are in the latter days of any given religion and that the battle between Good and Evil is in full swing, or you believe that we are just a bunch of fools who have run our course and that evolution is about to kick us to the curb for being too stupid to keep the planet, we are in dire straits.  It seems most people are waiting for “Someone” to do something about it all – whether that is the (incredibly broken) Government or Jesus.

But the fact of the matter is that the ONLY ones who can actually do something about all this is US.

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