There is no denying it is a strange time that we live in, but honestly, throughout civilization’s history it has been far worse and could easily go that way again. When I listen to the ‘doings’ of the world now, I’m always alert to anomalies—the unusual incidents that seem to imply a shift is occurring in our world culture and society’s calcified attitudes and behaviors.
Right now during our extreme social turbulence, I’m feeling the deep rumblings of a long-dormant, cultural volcano building pressure below the populace surface—nearly ready to explode at weak points in our social structure, spewing plumes of toxic incendiary rhetoric into the social airwaves—spreading boiling rivers of all-consuming rage over everything in its path. And I wonder how that inevitable eruption will help us or hurt us.
There is little doubt that there will be a historic eruption in our world society—one that appears already underway (Hong Kong and Venezuela).
And just as the people of Puerto Rico are now amassing, uniting, and reclaiming their democracy and their island, the unheard masses of the US mainland are building their forces of dissent and further airing vocal disgust over contemptuous money-politics and divisive self-interested governance that uses ‘fear of otherness’ as a rallying cry.
There will be world change. Of that I’m sure. But what that change entails, I’m not certain.
Just know in your own heart that in this overall situation there is NO savior here—no ONE person exists to take away all the bad and make everything good again, because that job belongs to all of us. We can’t sit back and play dumb in this situation or let apathy subvert our higher ambition for creating a loving, caring society that values everyone and welcomes the diversity that they might offer the rest of us.
The people of Puerto Rico whose very lives have been torn apart by hurricanes, government mismanagement and corruption—those very people who have been rendered nearly non-existent and inconsequential for our mainland government’s concern or compassion, even though they ARE American citizens; they, the people of Puerto Rico, have nothing left to lose so they now say “ENOUGH!”
And they are actively choosing another way of living by standing strongly together and by valuing themselves and the strength of their combined voices. They have united in the streets as a mass of humanity that can no longer be ignored by their own government. Change is coming to their lives, whether those presently in power like it or not.
That is often what it takes to force major change—a united effort to demand change for untenable situations.
It simply takes caring, courageous people who are willing to stand up and speak out against corruption and wrong-doing—and even more willing to speak up for themselves!
I hope all of us have the courage to stand up and speak out whenever it is necessary to do so. You likely won’t get a medal or even recognition for being that active power for positive change, but you will likely build a better world because of doing it, and that should be reward enough for any of us.