Are you an ethically minded, socially conscious, animal loving, environmental soul?
If you are, I tip my hat to you, because you are probably exhausted with the constant heart-breaking barrage of every possible thing we are doing wrong in this world.
The social media barrage
With the advent of social media we were able to have more impact with our views, find like minded people and whole communities who, like us, are realising that seemingly everything we use and take for granted has a complicated or even devastating impact on a person, place or thing, somewhere in the world.
We live in a world of wonderful beauty, stunning nature and incredible humanity, yet at every level there is a pervasive sense of exploitation, abuse, corruption and greed.
Our water is being bottled and sold back to us at extortionate prices. Our air is so polluted in some countries we have to stay indoors. Our food is being tampered with, our babies are being born with traces of over 300 unnatural chemicals floating around their little newborn bodies and in general we do a terrible job of looking after our most vulnerable in our communities.
We are destroying the nature around us, destroying our indigenous peoples, and homogenising our cultures into an isolated, hard working, consumeristic society, many of whom are so afraid of failure that they would rather spend their lives idolising the successful than following their own hopes and dreams.
We live in a high tech modern world where slaves pick our chocolate beans, and catch our seafood, tides of plastic washes up on beaches, refugees escaping war and death are locked up or ignored, billions of animals spend their lives in abject misery and 1 in 4 people have been sexually abused.
And people don’t seem to care
To top it all off, many of the people we know and love don’t seem to care, or don’t want to know – so we feel unable to share the heartbreak without offending someone, and unable to express the frustration without being labeled an extremist.
It is exhausting! Some days I find myself drowning in the wrongness of this world.
And I am a happy person!
I am healthy and have love in my life, and a great lifestyle. And yet, it feels overwhelming sometimes.
Maybe because the women forced into prostitution have faces and names for me, as do slaves and the kids in the slums. I have experienced some oceans rich with life and others stripped barren.
I have seen miles and miles and miles of rich primary jungle destroyed to produce palm oil, and attempted to eat the perfect looking fruit and veg so modified that it tastes like cardboard.
I think the hardest pill to swallow is the simple fact that if we humans all banded together, we could have our collective small actions change the world! But today on this day it seems like it will be a very long time before everyone allows themselves to believe it.