I don't have the answers, but I'm glad I finally have the question.
What kind of individual responsibility do we have for the injustices of the world?
The current narrative of our society is that the world was made for humankind, made for us to conquer & dominate, and the only way to fix our problems (inequality, famine, plague, war, environmental destruction) is to have even MORE control, power, and domination. If we can control the weather then we can stop climate change and grow more food than ever before. If we can control the genome then we will end inequality. If we can...
If we are all part of one true human family then these injustices are happening to MY people. This damage is being inflicted upon OUR world. What kind of person does it make me to turn my back on that, or not do as much as I can to help?
Some things will not change until those unaffected are as upset as those that are, but does it really help to get more angry?
The world isn't any more f**ked up today than it was yesterday. We can't take it on alone, or even all at once; What we can do is pick a corner of our world and make it the best we can, spreading kindness & love, and hope that others are doing the same. And eventually, little bit at a time, we get better.
Or is that just something I'm telling myself so I don't have to do the work and make the sacrifices needed to achieve equality, peace, love, understanding, & eventually global endurance?
What is my individual responsibility for the injustice of the world?
This question may not seem like a big deal to you. That's okay.
I feel like I have been asking myself this question without the right words for the past decade. And although I don't have the answer, I'm looking forward to continually asking myself this.
This blog is a piece of the love and connectedness I want to spread in my corner of the world.
It's a start, anyways.
Photo of spring in Tennessee.