You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. –Gandhi
Our personal belief system is our life’s root system.. it plays a distinct role in our behavior and choice making; in a sense belief the root, means that behavior is the fruit! Expect it… You do not like some current behavior that is proving to be unhealthy, ineffective, or bothersome I suggest you take a look at your beliefs about the matter.
I guess I should preface this entire post with… these are solely my own personal opinions. We all have opinions and well, here are some mine…
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
People, in general, stay the same. Past behavior is a good indicator or predictor of future behavior, apart from intervention or some wild life changing event and then there are no guarantees. So where does that leave us? Doomed to the hamster wheel of predictive cycles? Not necessarily. I think when someone makes up their mind and decides, things change, otherwise there will always be an excuse to be found. Excuses are handy and convenient. It is my opinion we have a duty to our fellow man to create opportunities for growth and environments for good will to prosper. Said opportunities may not always be utilized and more than likely will be vastly underutilized but availability is a hurdle that will not need to jumped, leaving no excuse for others to neglect those around them except by definite purposeful choice.
I also have to wonder if there are many ways to help others begin change which in turn creates a change in trajectory of their life post decision making. Trajectory cannot be altered until excuses cease and an intervention or life changing event occurs to the extent that root systems shift. A shifting in a root system creates a change in the fruit production! We cannot continue making excuses for others either. On the flip side… we must align ourselves in support with others hopes, dreams and aspiration and realize we have something to offer them to help them on their journey.
All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual. -Einstein
In short, a few other things that come to my mind are challenging others in their growth by confronting negative behavior patterns, push them to strive for improvement, offer a hand, be involved in community and connecting people, ask what would be helpful and be prepared to offer help, and last but not the end of a lengthy kind list, be a safety! We are each individuals with limits but when we connect with others we become a unit and the way society is moving safety and security is in the deficit, in the toilet these days! I don’t for a moment believe any of these things are too much to ask… There was once a strong sense of community, responsibility, and unity. This has dissipated and needs reviving. We are not beings made to live a lone wolf lifestyle. Introverts don’t freak out Im not saying alone time isn’t needed or healthy; I am saying however we are relational beings that need others to be in our lives sharpening us, pushing us toward growth and pulling us back from the cliff edge. We cannot give up on one another and we can’t continue to watch others purposefully seek out weaknesses in people to prosper from or create gain in loss. We have a duty to one another, a responsibility to be a safety net when we see someone on the high wire.
In so many words I suppose I am challenging you to check your fruit and decide whether your behavior is just and healthy, allow others to speak and invest in your life to challenge you to growth. If you find your fruit to be damaging or most unhealthy consider taking a peek at your root system and find the areas your beliefs need a tweaking or maybe a complete overhaul! You don’t have to do it alone reach out and be vulnerable allowing someone to take your hand and even possibly pick up a bucket or shovel however the case may be.
A civilized society is one which tolerates eccentricity to the point of doubtful sanity.
If society fits you comfortably enough, you call it freedom.