So…the world just got Trumped…
The very human fear (accompanied by his bff anger) of that what is different than what we know, turned out to be much stronger than we wanted to believe only a few days ago. Whether this was due to the media portraying the wrong images, Facebook filtering in the most convenient possible way, or, and this is more likely, us trying to bury our heads in the sand like the scared little ostriches that we apparently are.
Why? Well, because we’d rather not admit to that what we’d rather not see or feel.
That we’re collectively unhappy. That we’re collectively afraid. That we’re collectively fed up with the system and the world as it is right now.
And that we’ve got no f*cking idea how to change all that ourselves!
Trump represent change. Sure…change in a backward -the Middle Ages weren’t all bad- direction, whereas I (and if I’m to believe the many articles I’ve read and video’s I’ve watched these past days, many people along with me) want change in the form of progress. Progress in the -let’s make World Peace happen- type of way.
But…the big question remains how?
What I know for sure is that igniting, even more, fear and anger, like is happening right now, is not the way!
Because fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.
In these past few days, we’ve seen calls for revolution come by. We’ve heard of people crying and worrying for World War III. Of people trying to figure out the loopholes in the system. We’ve seen peaceful demonstrations get out of hand and turn violent. We’ve heard people say that this is the darkest hour before the so-called dawn.
But how do we know that for sure? How can we know what’s going to happen in the future? How can we predict what could have been different if Bernie Sanders had remained in the race? How can we even tell if this even qualifies as the darkest of hours? Because most of us are still relatively safe, with roofs over our heads and food in our bulging bellies…
The only thing we know for sure is that the platform for significant change on a world scale is burning with the fires of Mordor.
And it might even be safe to say that this change we so desperately want to see happen is not going to come from any political, economic, or any other system…
Instead, cheesy as it sounds, change will need to come from us. It will need to come from the grassroots that we represent. It will need to be us who need to work hard to find the peace in ourselves so we can let that spread to the world around us.
We, the people that have been fortunate enough to recognize that gratitude, grace, empathy, and compassion are the things that bring forth joy and happiness in life. We, the lucky people that have felt the deepest pains in our hearts and the deepest fears in our guts and who are still moving forward with smiles on our faces and hope in our eyes. We, the people for whom not doing something to make this world better, more beautiful, more ‘light’ is simply not an option.
Yeah sure, humanity (because this issue goes waaaay beyond the U.S. alone) is becoming increasingly polarized. We are being pulled into these 2 extremes. Into the left or the right. The white or the black. The male or the female. The dark or the light. The good and the bad. The Jedi or the Dark Side.
I’ve been pondering these 2 outliers for a long time now and I’ve always been quite arrogant in thinking that I was RIGHT because I was on the side of the Jedi’s. And then I realized…mainly because I was knocked off my high horse on more than a few occasions…that there is no good without the bad.
There is no shadow without sun.
There’s no human being without fear, and pain, and anger, and jealousy, and selfishness, and even hate (the shadow side if you will). Nor is not one human being on this planet without warmth, empathy, compassion, and love. Yes, it might all be deeply tucked away…but it’s definitely all there!
So…instead of the naming, and blaming, and shaming we might feel like doing (because that will only strengthen the dark side and is what pretty much got us in this mess in the first place), I would propose something different. Because wasn’t it Einstein who said: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”?
We’ve ‘done’ revolutions in the past. We’ve obviously tried to play the political games. But somehow, we never really seem able to balance the human good with the bad. And actually, isn’t it time to go even bigger and let the good trump the bad once and for all?
So why not collectively choose peace over war? Love over hate? Empathy and compassion over racism/misogynism/prejudice or any other type of discrimination?
Why not choose evolution over revolution?
And yes, that indeed means that we’ll need to get to work ourselves. That we’ll need to start taking more responsibility for ourselves. Our minds. Our hearts. The happiness and joy in our own lives. Because only then will we be able to be the 1 candle that lights up the entire room. And the change we would like to see in the world.
Because the formula for world peace is simple:
inner peace * a critical mass of people = world peace
Don’t you think…that if 1 person’s happiness, can inspire a little bit of happiness in another…and if that other person can inspire a little bit of happiness in yet another…and that person in yet another…and so on… Don’t you think that that would make the world a nicer, prettier, and more peaceful place to live?
Perhaps we’re not allowed (or even ready) to evolve on the large political and socio-economic scale we would like to. But…on a smaller, yet no less significant scale, we most definitely can make peace happen…
- By smiling the person passing you in the street.
- By standing up for that old lady on the bus.
- By offering to help out someone you see struggling with arms full of groceries.
- By acknowledging and making jokes with the person sitting behind the cash register of your supermarket.
- By being sincerely interested and open to hearing the other when we ask ‘how are you today?’.
- By doing the best you can to be the best version of yourself at all times (or at the very least apologize for biting someone’s head off over something futile).
By making a conscious and compassionate effort to let our own positivity spread.
By acknowledging, accepting, befriending, and perhaps even releasing the shadow we all carry inside ourselves so we can do the same when faced with the shadow of another.
In the past year, I’ve been working on a little book (it’s really only 19 pages) called ‘The Everyday Guide To World Peace’. It’s without political, commercial, religious, or even spiritual agenda.
It’s simply a ‘how to World Peace’ guide that we can ALL benefit from.
Clicking this big red button will get you to the .pdf straightaway:
Will it be the answer to all our woes? No, of course not, but let it be a point to start from. For the benefit for our own health, sanity, and happiness.
And for that of everyone around us.