It is Tuesday 14th October 2014, utterly unremarkable..? Then here is some food for thought: My social media day started with these fascinating food-for-thought images from Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski:
As depressing some of as these are, there is a solution, but it will take courage and working together to make it a reality. In May 2015 we have a chance to choose new leaders in the UK. But before then we need to talk to each other, and discuss our town, city, country, continents’ problems, how they could be fixed if we had the power to change them ourselves. We need to talk to our friends and colleagues, and the stranger on the bus, about our options for new leaders.
Our current system of government is difficult for fresh faces to break into, and our media has a vested interest in biased reporting because some parties MPs say more controversial things than others – see how UKIP gets so much more coverage than the Greens when they have the same number of seats?
But it is not impossible to get good people and good policies into politics. If we talk to each other, sign (or start) the online petitions we care about, then anyone who wants to get elected will have to talk about the issues which really DO matter to us. They will have to change their manifestos to give us the policies which we are crying out for if they want to be elected. Young people need to sign up to vote and to speak up and let the establishment know that the status quo will not be getting their vote – and that the parties or candidates who do listen and respond, will be the MPs in parliament next year and those who do not listen will be looking for new careers.
The old system is so out of date, people are far smarter than politicians and the media give them credit for. The moment we all realise that the majority of the UK population feels the same way, then voting for what we believe is right will not be a “wasted vote”. The day everybody votes for what they believe is right, will be the day we start to see a real change in our world.
But it will take courage to change the voting habits of a lifetime and it will take effort for younger people to make their needs known. Why should everyone vote Labour or Conservative when their combined track record for the last 20 years has been catastrophic for our country, our economy, the environment and our individual quality of living, especially for families?
It is time for new faces, and time to change our world. Congratulations if you got to the bottom of this, as your reward, here is a link to a major source of inspiration in my everyday life, and in my campaign to do all I can to help others and fix our world.
The world is coming to an end
The air is polluted, the oceans contaminated
The animals are going extinct, the economy’s collapsed
Education is shot, police are corrupt
Intelligence is shunned and ignorance rewarded
The people are depressed and angry
We can’t live with each other and we can’t live with ourselves
So everyone’s medicated
We pass each other on the streets
And if we do speak it’s meaningless robotic communication
More people want 15 seconds of fame
Than a lifetime of meaning and purpose
Because what’s popular is more important than what’s right
Ratings are more important than the truth
Our government builds twice as my prisons than schools
It’s easier to find a Big Mac than an apple
And when you find the apple It’s been genetically processed and modified
Presidents lie, politicians trick us
Race is still an issue and so is religion
Your God doesn’t exist, my God does and he is All-Loving
If you disagree with me I’ll kill you Or even worse argue you to death
92% of songs on the radio are about sex
Kids don’t play tag, they play twerk videos
The average person watches 5 hours of television a day
And it’s more violence on the screen than ever before
Technology has given us everything we could ever want
And at the same time stolen everything we really need
Pride is at an all time high, humility, an all time low
Everybody knows everything, everybody’s going somewhere Ignoring someone, blaming somebody
Not many human beings left anymore, a lot of human doings
Plenty of human lingerings in the past, not many human beings
Money is still the root of all evil
Yet we tell our kids don’t get that degree
The jobs don’t pay enough
Good deeds are only done when there’s a profit margin
Videos of the misfortunes of others go viral
We laugh and share them with our friends to laugh with us
Our role models today 60 years ago would have been examples of what not to be
There are states where people can legally be discriminated against Because they were born a certain way
Companies invest millions of dollars hiring specialists to make
Little girls feel like they need “make up” to be beautiful
Permanently lowering their self-esteem Because they will never be pretty enough To meet those impossible standards
Corporations tell us buy, buy, buy, get this, get that You must keep up, you must fit in
This will make you happy, but it never does for long
So what can we do in the face of all of this madness and chaos?
What is the solution?
We can love
Not the love you hear in your favourite song on the radio
I mean real love, true love, boundless love
You can love, love each other From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed
Perform an act of kindness because that is contagious
We can be mindful during every interaction
Planting seeds of goodness
Showing a little more compassion than usual
We can forgive Because 300 years from now will that grudge you hold against Your friend, your mother, your father have been worth it?
Instead of trying to change others we can change ourselves
We can change our hearts
We have been sold lies
Brainwashed by our leaders and those we trust
To not recognize our brothers and sisters
And to exhibit anger, hatred and cruelty
But once we truly love we will meet anger with sympathy, Hatred with compassion, cruelty with kindness
Love is the most powerful weapon on the face of the Earth
Robert Kennedy once said that Few will have the greatness to bend history But each of us can work to change a small portion of events And in the total of all those acts Will be written in the history of a generation
So yes, the world is coming to an end
And the path towards a new beginning starts within you.