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Today, I present you with a quiz and a bravery test.
See if you can recognize who wrote this piece of literature. Then leave a comment below if you know who it is. No cheating on Google either. Then tell me if you agree with this message or not. And if you agree with it, would you have the courage to give a speech about it to a large group of people? Why or why not. Be honest with yourself.
The world is coming to an end.
The air is polluted.
The oceans are contaminated.
The animals are going extinct.
The economy’s collapsed.
Education is shot.
Police are corrupt.
Intelligence is shunned and ignorance rewarded.
The people are depressed and angry.
We can’t live with each other and we can’t live with ourselves.
So everyone’s medicated.
We pass each other on the streets.
And if we do speak, it’s meaningless robotic communication.
We don’t talk about what really matters.
More people want 15 seconds of fame, than a lifetime of meaning and purpose.
Because what’s popular is more important than what’s right.
Ratings are more important than the truth.
Our government builds twice as many prisons than schools.
It’s easier to find a Big Mac than an apple.
And when you find the apple, it’s been genetically processed and modified.
Politicians trick us.
Race is still an issue and so is religion.
Fanatics say “Your God doesn’t exist. My God does and he is all-loving. If you disagree with me, I’ll kill you. Or even worse, I’ll argue you to death.”
92% of songs on the radio are about sex.
Kids don’t play tag. They play twerk videos.
The average person watches five hours of television a day.
And it’s more violence on the screen than ever before.
Technology has given us everything we could ever want.
And at the same time stolen everything we really need.
Pride is at an all time high.
Humility is at an all time low.
Everybody knows everything.
Everybody’s going somewhere.
Ignoring someone. Blaming somebody.
Not many human beings left anymore.
A lot of human doings.
Plenty of human lingerings in the past.
Not many human beings.
Human beings were meant to live and thrive in small villages of no more than 100 people, not in large government controlled cities, states, and nations.
In small villages, everyone looks out for each other, and no one gets left behind.
Money is still the root of all evil. Yet we tell our kids “Don’t get that degree. The jobs don’t pay enough.”
Good deeds are only done when there’s a profit margin.
Videos of the misfortunes of others go viral.
We laugh and share them with our friends to laugh with us.
Our role models today 60 years ago would have been examples of what not to be.
Getting attention is more important than giving and being generous.
There are states where people can legally be discriminated against because they were born a certain way.
Companies invest millions of dollars hiring specialists to make little girls feel like they need makeup to be beautiful, permanently lowering their self-esteem, because they will never be pretty enough to meet those impossible standards.
Corporations tell us buy, buy, buy.
Get this. Get that. You must keep up. You must fit in.
This will make you happy.
But it never does for long.
So what can we do in the face of all of this madness and chaos?
What is the solution?
We can love.
Not the “love” you hear in your favorite song on the radio.
I mean real love. True love. Boundless love.
You can love.
Love each other.
From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed, perform an act of kindness because that is contagious.
We can be mindful during every interaction.
Planting seeds of goodness.
Showing a little more compassion than usual.
We can forgive.
Because 300 years from now, will that grudge you hold against your friend, your mother, your father have been worth it?
Instead of trying to change others, we can change ourselves.
We can change our hearts.
We have been sold lies.
Brainwashed by our leaders and those we trust to not recognize our brothers and sisters.
And to exhibit anger, hatred and cruelty.
But once we truly love, we will meet anger with sympathy.
Hatred with compassion.
Cruelty with kindness.
Love is the most powerful weapon on the face of the Earth.
Robert Kennedy once said “Few will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of a generation.”
So yes, the world is coming to an end.
And the path towards a new beginning starts within you.
Photo by Geralt via Pixabay
There’s your passion lesson for today. What are you passionate about? Figure it out. Then speak about it.
Always keep leaping forward my friends.