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Trying to understand …


peace1A friend of mine tagged me in her Facebook post today, a comment about a protest she had passed by in the city that relates to the current turmoil in the Middle East. It’s such a drawn out state of affairs, one that I’m only just beginning to consciously notice. My friend’s comment prompted me to fossick through Google to uncover information that might help me gain more insight into something that is for me a minimally understood happening.

My perspectives on the world, and my connection to all that goes on within it are only beginning to open, and I struggle with my ignorance. Related to the current conflict in the Middle-East and other regions that are such a common feature of today’s global climate, I find myself at various times devastated, angry, irritated, frustrated, judging, impatient, scared of what the future might hold … the list of my useless responses goes on as I attempt to fathom the seemingly interminable turmoil and absolute disregard for human rights and dignity that is present on a daily basis.

I am not a lover of conflict, most happy to find a way around discord … sometimes to great effect through a flexible approach that endeavors to honor the unique perspectives of all parties, but too often with an aim of keeping the peace. Keeping the peace in a way that sometimes fails to contest and unpack reigning assumptions, or renegotiate and promote new ways of seeing and feeling, thinking and acting.

There continues to be such injustice in the world related to people with power trying to take from others/oppress those with minimal power or influence, and it is too easy to be lulled into complacency and a closed heart and mind by the numbing voices that saturate our mainstream media, in a society that too easily perpetuates the status-quo.

The work I draw on in my education focused PhD inquiry speaks about the disorienting dilemmas we can face in our passage through learning about life, and our responses to newly perceived and understood phenomena. As I turn my attention to these conflicts across our globe I am being challenged to sit with something that is horrifying and inconceivable to my limited perspective and life-experience, and in spite of my naivety and discomfort with such confronting realities, to open to new ways of seeing what has existed all along.

Malcolm X is reputed to have said ‘If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing’, and while sometimes I find it hard to differentiate the oppressed from the oppressors, I am reminded today … through listening with my eyes and ears and heart … that hearts closed by fear and anger will not bring about sustainable change. True understanding and resolution can only be achieved through open hearts and the provision of safe spaces where compassionate insight, mutual respect and understanding can be seeded and cultivated.

So as I open my own heart to new perspectives and the possibilities for my role in this change, I’ll quote another Facebook gem from today (Facebook is the font of all wisdom you know) …

Building walls in fear of loss does nothing to protect you from future harm, it only robs you of present joy. Tear the walls down

Cynthia Occelli

Worldwide tipping point


My earlier post about tipping points in our lives was revisited on Sunday whilst speaking with an amazing young woman. I have come to know her through the involvement of one of my sons in a community development project in Rwanda. She, like so many of the souls I have been exposed to recently, is part of a groundswell of intelligent, compassionate individuals committed to making a difference in our world.

We discussed the emergence of a growing awareness – even while amidst the safe mediocrity of our selfish and mundane existence – about what we can do to draw together and support our global family. My friend has this morning sent me through two links that extend our conversation:

Go to http://worldwidetippingpoint.com/ for some inspiration (and check out their Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Worldwide-Tipping-Point/45488233368?sk=wall)

I also followed her link to Mike Daisey’s confronting approach to addressing global change, related to the dangers of corporatisation. Daisey, known for his monologue ‘If You See Something Say Something.’ has been called ‘pugnacious, funny and touching’ http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/mike-daisey-goes-after-apple-the-late-steve-jobs-20111014-1lnj5.html … and I agree with these references.Hearing Mike’s challenge brings up indignation and resistance in me.

My approach to anything that emotes fear, or anger within me (hearing of the overwhelming atrocities and indignities that we are exposed to daily across the media) is to come back to my core truth … that everything resides in love. Any response to anything … no matter how horrifying or terrifying … must come from my heart, from love. Every solution lies in love, not fear, not hatred, not war.

The following link will take you to his hour-long, no-holds-barred monologue, containing strong opinions and offensive language … that really challenged my thinking. If you are ready to be challenged about where you stand in the global picture of change , you may like to have a look. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Worldwide-Tipping-Point/45488233368?sk=wall

What are your thoughts on how we … I … can contribute individually to global change?