Throughout history humanity has lived with divisiveness and despair, and called it ʻnormal.ʼ “Itʼs human nature, there will always be conflict,” many say. However, it is not normal to deliberately cause pain and suffering to another or to procure wealth and/or status through the loss of anotherʼs wellbeing in any way, shape or form. What is the source of this discontent? What can we do to make things better for the whole world? In silent moments alone, people frequently ponder the age-old question; “What is the purpose of life on Earth?”
My belief is that one of the main reasons we exist is to learn what it means to be truly loving and respectful towards each other. There can be no true love without truth. This is something that requires each of us to be mindful about who we are and the actions we take daily to foster good relations with each other whilst embracing a positive outlook, including being grateful for all the blessings each of us are privileged to enjoy. There are many good news stories to be grateful for; the world is now accepting the reality of ʻclimate changeʼ and working actively towards reducing greenhouses gases and global pollution. It's the greatest urgency on the planet we currently confront.
Increasingly, humanity understands the degree to which the natural environment plays a vital role in not only human, but planetary health and wellbeing. This realization is a major driving force in reassessing how we generally go about doing things sustainably. For example, solar and electric cars are now heralding a new era creating vehicles free of air pollutants such as petroleum and lead that have been so detrimental to human wellbeing and the environment. Fashion designers and clothing companies are creating garments employing natural fabrics that minimize environmental degradation whilst allowing the skin to breathe in hot conditions and keep warm in cooler climates.
Architectural design has embraced sustainability with the result that the occupants wellbeing is equally considered along with that of their immediate environment, improving a positive outlook and creative productivity. Not to mention saving on energy bills. Further, humanity is actively sourcing new clean ways to generate energy from solar, wind and hydro sources, to name just a few, for every type of industry, commercial and residential enterprise, thus effectively reducing greenhouse gases.
Even from a spiritual perspective, human beings can comprehend the importance of mindfulness, including the importance of finding healthy forms of entertainment as opposed to negative images that condone masochism and cruelty. Understanding we all have a responsibility as aware human beings to foster kindness and goodness in each other, in all that we do, wish for, and create. Through enlightened, creative thinking, humanity can find all the essential ingredients to avoid conflict, poverty and illness by generating love, positivity, wellbeing, peace and happiness.
An effort of will is required to get on the ʻpeace trainʼ. We need to do it, now!