It’s a war zone out there!
Better wear a helmet, carry a shield and have a weapon handy!
We preach love, acceptance and tolerance, but we honestly don’t seem to be very good at any of those things, not as a people group anyway. I don’t believe that things are any worse in this moment in our country than they were a week and a half ago (the day before the election). And even though it seems as if our world is falling apart we are actually living in the most peaceful of times.
Steven Pinker and Andrew Mack point out in an article “The World’s Not Falling Apart”…
“As troubling as the recent headlines have been, these lamentations need a second look. It’s hard to believe we are in greater danger today than we were during the two world wars, or during other perils such as the periodic nuclear confrontations during the Cold War, the numerous conflicts in Africa and Asia that each claimed millions of lives, or the eight-year war between Iran and Iraq that threatened to choke the flow of oil through the Persian Gulf and cripple the world’s economy.”
Journalism exacerbates the problem with news being about things that happen, not what doesn’t happen.
Pinker and Mack add that “As long as violence has not vanished from the world, there will always be enough incidents to fill the evening news. And since the human mind estimates probability by the ease with which it can recall examples, newsreaders will always perceive that they live in dangerous times. All the more so when billions of smartphones turn a fifth of the world’s population into crime reporters and war correspondents.”
I believe that each and every life is valuable and that loss of any life is tragic, but I am compelled to ask…
How many of us add to the drama making it even bigger and uglier than it already is?
Do we talk loud because we feel small?
Do we yell because we are afraid and we want to seem bigger and scarier than the next guy?
I don’t know, I am just asking questions.
I do believe, though, that many of us have lost a sense of self and we easily hop on whatever bandwagon rolls by because we want to feel significant and a part of something bigger than ourselves.
What I have learned for my life is that when I turn and stare fear in the face, when I live into who I am uniquely created to be I can make the greatest difference in my world.
You don’t have to be a clone of your peer group nor a reflection of your culture. You really are uniquely beautiful. Do you believe that? Have you lost a sense of yourself and what you were created for? Do you want to understand yourself better and how you can impact your world for the better?
The world we’re living in now doesn’t look all that pretty, but I don’t think it is as dark as it seems, because you are in it. And I am convinced that if you and I turn and stare fear in the face and shine our beauty and light into the world it will have a huge impact on that world, and the ripples of that decision will be far-reaching.
I would love to help you rediscover how to live Your One Beautiful Life and make your world a brighter place.
Much love to all of you,