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If you’re like me, you’re maybe fed up with humanity, whether it’s from learning about what’s going on around the world, or what’s going on in our own backyard. For some reason there are always situations that leave us feeling as if people are simply incapable of behaving in a way that is coming from a place of understanding.

It seems as if people are only equipped to handle things in the worst possible way, over and over again. As a result, we find ourselves always lingering down that judgmental line about our own people.

It is perfectly natural to feel let down and ashamed when we see our people behaving in ways that are greedy, selfish, violent and insensible, but there are also ways to channel these disappointments without sinking to the level of ignorance. Once we can achieve that—and we may need to do it every day, as part of our daily self-care—we can begin to consider ways that we might help the situation in which our island finds itself.

As always, we should start with ourselves, utilizing our awareness of the failings of others to renew our own commitment to be more conscious human beings. We are all capable of the best and the worst that mankind has to offer, and remembering this keeps us in check, as well as allowing us to find compassion for others.

Whatever the case, the only thing we can do is pledge to serve the best, rather than the worst, of what mankind has to offer – both in the world, our island, and in ourselves.

What do you think? Share your opinion.

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Comment by Suki
2008-08-03 13:53:39

Hi Chris,

You say, “As always, we should start with ourselves, utilizing our awareness of the failings of others to renew our own commitment to be more conscious human beings. We are all capable of the best and the worst that mankind has to offer, and remembering this keeps us in check, as well as allowing us to find compassion for others.”

I agree that we should start with ourselves, utilizing our awareness of OUR OWN failings to renew our commitment to be more conscious human beings. We are all works in progress individually and as a whole and that is the beauty of life. When you say, “we can begin to consider ways that we might help the situation in which our island finds itself”, I’m not sure which situation you are referring to…I see people who have the opportunity to breathe the air and give thanks to the earth for providing all that it does in order for us to sustain, just like every where else on this on this earth. I find that we as human beings are always in a state of wanting – the grass is greener on the other side syndrome – leading to perpetual dissatisfaction. There is nothing wrong with striving to learn more and grow but there is something wrong with never reaching a point where you take a deep breathe and feel satisfied.

Since I currently live in the United States, I will take here as an example. The level of constant dissatisfaction is staggering – let’s take food prices for a moment – instead of being so dissatisfied with the rising cost of food, why not be satisfied with the fact that you have land and can grow fruits and vegetables on your land, in this day and age of the internet, this is easily done with a little hard work. The world is not the problem at all, it is the collective perception of the world that we live in that shapes this feeling that often accompanies thoughts of humanity as a whole.

We will take Dominica as a case in point – I don’t live on the island so I am not aware of the day to day problems that the island might have, from my perspective, since I read only positive news about the island, it is a wonderful place to live, with friendly people and a real eye toward moving forward – I read about the International Airport, the resort proposed by Distinguished International, and the geothermal project and I am duly impressed. The island, from my point of view can show the rest of the world how to live with nature rather than in opposition to it. I appreciate the fact that during my time there, I believe I won’t have to sit through 3 hours of morning traffic and that no one will care what brand name jeans I am or am not wearing. Again, I have not yet had the pleasure of visiting (I will be doing so shortly) but this is my perspective of the island. Of course, there are day to day challenges, no different than siblings who fight constantly during their adolescent years, but the good they do overshadows those petty squabbles.

As long as there is one human on earth, I have great hope for humanity.

Suki

 
Comment by Dan
2008-08-04 22:11:54

As Shakespeare has Polonius tell Hamlet, “This above all things, to thine own self be true.”

And, as in any novel by Thomas Hardy, character is destiny.

You are so right, Chris.

 
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