Sienna. I'm 20 years old.
No pressure eh? Well… it could the scenario we have created with our planets climate. It could be the sheer audacity we show to our soil and water. It could be the utter evil and violence we show to our non human and human life forms on this planet… but more often than not I find myself recognizing that it's how we are together that is preventing us from evolving.
We have a huge problem dealing with problems. When we don't see eye to eye on things, topics or people. When there is a difference of opinions, experiences or knowing we immediately create divides. We just can't seem to deal with conflict. We kick people out and we alienate them. We cast them out.
A dear friend of mine, who also happens to be somewhat of a spiritual leader of our time said to me " The true test of character can be seen when people are in a disagreement. The person who refuses to discuss, learn, grow, compromise or attempt to create solutions is of small evolutionary progress." The inability to face and actually work out our problems is preventing all forms of higher conscious progress. And after years of watching governments or CEO's or mothers face conflict either between ideas or people she was right, so right. The greatest immaturity preventing us all from growing is facing conflict without the intention to defend but to understand and learn, to co-create a compromise.
It's very easy to make judgements - cast out the differing clan- then encircle "your" congruent clan into a tighter knit weave- further alienating and reducing the contrast of opinion and thought process. We have come to a point in our society where there is no room for dialogue. Be it about climate change, animal testing or religion. The moment someone has a thought that is divergent or calculated- people pull out the victim card.
We don't face conflict. We don't discuss. We don't learn. I see this victim mentality sweeping through the human population at a staggering rate. Some countries are more prone to not recognizing this because it's become a way of life for them. They've been bread to defend, and so when any divergent thought comes out to be dissected, they genuinely only know how to defend and no one gets anywhere with just defense.
I was working on a project a long time ago, where there was an individual who continuously argued the opposite thought stream. So many of the team found it ultimately frustrating and began to leave the antagonist out of future conversations . One of the leaders finally approached the group with utter disappointment for the lack of maturity being shown and insisted that if we are to create a human population that is comprised of diverse thoughts and beliefs we must invite that diversity and treat it with regard. He spoke of increasing the dialogue, peering deeper and do you know what happened when we did? We discovered wonderful things. We grew and our creativity and flexibility expanded immensely…. we became life long friends- and guess what? We still disagree.
Cowardice is what's preventing us from truly creating a new world. Self Victimization. Defense. You're being mean you poo poo head.... you think differently than I do. I don't like you. Menh. Meany. You shared your opinions, you're a terrible person, go away, I'm telling all my friends about how mean you are - and my mom, I'm TELLING MY MOM too you know.
ts exactly like being an ostrich -sticking your head in the sand - except you have a bunch of friends underneath with you, so you think you're good but you aren't good, because you aren't a bunch of ostriches - you're a bunch of chickens. Buck, Buck, Peck, Peck. Flap, Flap. All of us in symphony now! Chicken music to the ears!
We must learn how to disagree. We must learn to share our opinions without damning other opinions, thoughts or ideas.
We must learn to keep with each other in spite of our conflicts. Otherwise we will keep living in this Mad Max world that we are pretending we don't live in because of the illusion we have created by building higher fences.
I think that if we confronted our conflicts, our differences of opinions instead of stomping our wee little feet in such sorrow, we may learn how to live together on this stunning planet. But hey, if you would rather only hear opinions from people who think like you- have at it. We have recently seen that the wild chicken is becoming an endangered species and I think if we can get them all together in one area we might be able to save them. If you would like to help save the wild chicken please keep an eye out for bent over butts in the air. Once you identify them, give them a hug- they need to feel secure enough to entertain thoughts outside there own. Love is the answer yet again! Poor Buck Bucks.
PS. Sienna I genuinely appreciate you taking the time to write in and engage with me. I would love to hear your answer to your questions and if you want you can post it here or send it to me privately through the contact form above.
PS 2 I didn't edit or proof this post- please forgive- and if you're an OCD reader and have spare time, edit the posts! Im TERRIBLE at it.
PS 3 Difference of opinion, or someone thinking your idea or beliefs has room for flexibility is different that bullying. Bullying is for the very shallow beings. I'm not referring to ANYTHING that is of bully nature.