“Live in the moment, launch yourself on every wave, find eternity in each moment.” Henry David Thoreau
“To really change the world, we have to help people change the way they see things. Global betterment is a mental process, not one that requires huge sums of money or a high level of authority. Change has to be psychological. So if you want to see real change, stay persistent in educating humanity on how similar we all are than different. Don't only strive to be the change you want to see in the world, but also help all those around you see the world through commonalities of the heart so that they would want to change with you. This is how humanity will evolve to become better. This is how you can change the world. The language of the heart is mankind's main common language.” Suzy Kassem
How we need to live in the moment and not hate.
In Mindfulness we are taught to live in the moment and that we remove the anxieties of what has past and what is to become. We learn to understand that we need to see the bigger picture, don't be judgemental and to continue our journey.
Over the last fifty years we have seen continual globalisation and to me, Brexit and the Trump result highlight how instead of seeing a large picture we are drawn into “small worlds”. Over the years I have met with organisations where they have a very small world mentality. When a group comes together often a rival group will become the focus of their anxiety and indeed jealousy. Those who question the small world or don't conform are often driven out. I have seen how leaders of these small world communities often drive the paranoia, possibly unconsciously, so that the organisation operates with incentives. Aside from this we often live in our small world too.
Social media may only be twelve years old, but being a regular poster of photos and comments can unconsciously drive jealousy and paranoia in others. Of course social media is a communication tool but what is happening is that it is driving people apart or at least fuelling a “keeping up with the Joneses” mentality. In an ideal world we should share people's successes, gains and even losses, instead families and friends are drawn into discussions questioning a tweet or an innocuous photo.
So how does this relate to Brexit and Trump? I feel that Brexit and Trump both tapped into a consciousness in that many people felt disenfranchised from the country and indeed the greater governments. This caused a reaction in the West, this is far more than a protest vote, but a genuine shout out that as a whole people are unhappy at being unrepresented and left behind. It is all too easy to say the majority were driven by racism or similar motives, but there is a real question to be asked why these shock results appeared, and how our society should change to ensure more global harmony and happiness. We must truly learn to live in the moment, don't be judgemental and learn to love.
We must come to the point where we realize the concept of race is a false one. There is only one race, the human race. Dan Aykroyd