In examining problems, I have been trained to look at the root cause of any issue. Band-aid solutions don’t work as the band-aid, the “fix,” never addresses the actual issue. The only way to fix anything is to get to the heart of it and to put in the work to make it right.
The world is filled with many dynamic personalities that don’t always coalesce when it comes to progress. In fact, we have become a society that seems to support the “me first” approach to daily living. Little things from cutting people off while driving to standing too close to people in lines all demonstrate that we have very little concern for each other. It also demonstrates another problem in this society which is that we have learned to avoid any sense of personal responsibility. You have to cut that person off because you can’t be late to work again; never mind that you could have left for work 20 minutes earlier or skipped stopping for coffee today, it’s this person’s fault for driving slow. I am here to tell you that we need to be accountable for our actions because that is the only way to effect change. I digress.
Taking a step back for a moment, it is important to consider that we are bombarded by media selling us everything—and we buy into this because we never stop to ask ourselves what it is that we really want or need. It’s easier to believe that we need the latest phone, the $100 pair of jeans than it is to accept a lot of what is happening in the world. People are dying from vaccines, from tainted food and water, cancers from GMO food and pollution is rampant, the world is dying. But it’s easy to forget all of that if we manage to have the latest and greatest of anything.
SO much of the negative behavior people exhibit (specifically toward each other but also toward themselves) is because their needs are being denied on some level. Whether perceived or not, the fact is that we are lacking. We live in a society where it’s more important to have the most advanced technology rather than assure that people’s health and well-being are seen to. We fight each other on Thanksgiving to get the best deal on more crap that we don’t need. We spend our lives working and working, spending hours away from our families only to have money, then we are too tired to spend the time with our family to enjoy the money. My friends, this life is about love and creating memories that money can’t buy.
We have forgotten to look inside. We look outside of ourselves in order to satisfy whatever it is we think we are looking for. We fail to understand that looking outside is only a distraction. I urge you all to look INWARD. The answers to what you want or need are all there. We know what we want. We are afraid to accept that we don’t really need that $500 phone and that we could be happier actually communicating with people.
Once you have the courage to look inside, I urge you to look even deeper than that. Look at what you really need. That amount of introspection and self-examination can be difficult to handle for some, and change can be painful no matter how you look at it. But we need to understand and differentiate what is really important and what is not. Only then can we begin to take personal responsibility and make the changes necessary to create a more functional world.