At one time I used to feel quite inspired and connected with the vault of knowledge available to me on social media, with so many thoughts and ideas floating around about how we can make our world a better place..
These days it seems to be filled with more blame and hate, people throwing anyone or anything under a bus to justify their feelings of fear and discontent over this messy place we’re in.
With such a vast stable of naysayers available to join these tantalizing group discussions of “Us against them.” and “Who’s with me?” I guess it was only a matter of time.
It just became easier to blame things that seemed outside of our control by trading the short-term feeling of power we get from others approval with a resulting long-term feeling of helplessness and despair.
We have now become victims of a situation we don’t like, holding what seems to be a firm belief that if they did it to us then they need to fix it.
But are we really just pawns in this big game of chess? Did all of this mess really just fall down on top of us overnight?
Polish poet Stanislaw Lec once said: “No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.”
Yes it’s true that for decades, corporations, governments and some might even argue religion, has sold a story of happiness and success that is proving to be untrue, with many harbouring feelings of resentment and anger as a result.
We were sold a bunch of (fill in the blank) and we feel duped.
But in order for someone to be duped in a transaction, there must be two parties involved. A seller and also a buyer, and that’s where we come in.
We bought their stuff; we drank the Kool-Aid.
At one time we gladly participated in their game, trying to get our hands on anything we thought would make us happier.
And for a while it did make us happy, now not so much because it came with a price tag of which we were unaware.
Make no mistake, though, we played this game willingly and accountability is our only way out.
There are those who might feel that entertaining this kind of truth leaves us even more vulnerable and powerless to change things when in reality it is the most powerful position we can take.
Acceptance is not resignation. We don’t lose anything from this perspective. We can only win.
As we all become more aware of the individual choices we make that feed into this avalanche of greed and corruption, over time we will then be able to change it one snowflake at a time.
What are your thoughts? (comments below)