I feel a change, and I'm not the only one. Here in the United States we have gone through a long period of a rather mean-spirited attitude, an over-emphasis on the individual, seeing others as a way to get something. We can see what this has brought to the world outside our windows. Even commercials on TV have become shrill, peopled with characters who have no manners...and maybe we grow tired of such, and would like to see a return to kindness. Not weakness, but kindness. For in kindness (manners leading to a deeper sense of others as people too...leading to a better community...) lies true strength. We are all people, right?
The world is tired too. It is affected by how we in the States behave, how our government behaves. We are connected. This technology allows a single individual to "meet" someone from the other side of the earth, and realize we are not so different. There is a change, a shift, maybe a return to some of the best qualities my generation had: a sense of love for neighbor, that peace really can work, a unity.
The 1960s was volatile, but the message was right. The message was delivered with a loud brash insistence, and nothing really was accomplished. Now we act as if we have no power. The world does not just "happen". We create the world we live in. I wave at people. Not like an idiot, but like a neighbor, a fellow person. I hold doors open for strangers, let cars into traffic...little things ripple, become big things. A hippie placing a flower into a rifle barrel is a symbol. We see the surface, think how naive. These things need not be naive, because what that means is that we are frightened of attempting it. We fear not the peace, but that peace means weakness.
I'm not talking about ignoring problems, but finding a better way to heal them. But aren't problems a symptom? When I was very young, I was taught to respect others. My dad taught me that if I borrow something from a neighbor...say, a lawn mower...I must return it in at least the same shape it was in when I borrowed it. "At least sweep it off, son." We are the community in which we live.
"You have met people...whose joy could nearly be tasted.
Theirs is not a show, but a certain something within. They have dignity without arrogance; they are kind without being condescending. Theirs is the bearing of one who knows. They are meek, but behind their eyes burn a fire and a strength that can only come from this knowing. They shine because they have learned to allow Spirit to shine through. When they speak to you, it is as if they were reaching into your soul, and a simple "Good morning" remains with you long after they have gone."
--We Who Dream.
Causes Cary Chrysler Supports
The power of the individual to effect change in community/society.