Why are people so inherently selfish, so consumed by self, they care less about their actions and how they may effect others. In fact it often appears people are more concerned with malice than anything else, happy to exact pressure, blame or displeasure on anyone who gets in their way. As a society we have become spoiled, everything we want at our fingertips: technology, entertainment and choices so vast a simple shopping trip can be exhausting. This mentality carries over into other aspects of life and we soon become irritable and aggressive when anything doesn’t go our way.
Surely as adults we have learned to be patient, accept that the world doesn’t revolve around us. You would think we would have become more accepting of delays and reassessing our expectations to adjust to this frantic, technological age. But apparently not, as our expectations have become even higher as we think we are more important and deserve the best of everything, and when we want it. Sorry to be the barer of bad news but the world owes us nothing and we deserve nothing.
There is no calm in people, no quiet understanding that assures harmony, instead judgement and dissatisfaction when the slightest aspect of life goes wrong. No-one seems to take the time to understand how the world works, how thoughts and actions create consequence and pushing any agenda creates disharmony and obstacles. We’ve become spoiled children, throwing tantrums each and every time we don’t get what we want. No wonder the world is in such a mess, each person concerned only with themselves, their wealth, their status, their power over others and even caring for this generation of children has been tainted by selfish decisions and shortsightedness.
When one thing is out of whack, it colours all else in one’s life, and that is what is happening to the world. Greed, ambition and selfishness have coloured the values we used to hold in high regard, and not only our children, but society as a whole is suffering. Fear has been the catalyst for this change and as terrorism and war and financial uncertainty weighs heavily on the shoulders of families, so the paranoia sets in. People have become driven to succeed, to strive to secure their families and life, but at what cost? The very state of mind of this generation is suffering the self-serving values their parents are adhering to and learning from their parents how to live. But is this living?
This global greed and need to strive, out last and out do everyone else, has created a world of corrupt and disconnected people who are lost in their own fears and misconstrued values. And worse, along the way, love, compassion, empathy and understanding have fallen by the wayside, when they surely should be the foundation of modern life and family. Spirituality not religion is the balance and answer to this problem, after all, happiness is not a result of money, and religion has always presented contention and judgement, not spiritual acceptance.
The practice of kindness is what this wanting world needs, and regardless of race, culture, religion or philosophy, if we cannot love one another as equals and share this life of abundance, what hope have we got as a species?
Tony DeLorger © 2017