In today’s world of fast paced this, instant that, and a “what’s next?” mentality, one might forget to ask oneself, “What’s the point?” Or, “Why am I doing this again?” What used to be classified as noise, or distraction, has become the focus, while purpose has taken a backseat in the mini-van of day-to-day activities. I seem to remember that life once revolved around, and was made up of, the following: food, shelter and water, combined with providing, caring and loving. Do these exist anymore? Or do they only exist artificially, like exhibits of what used to be? We keep them tidy and anchored to the ground, bringing them up only when necessary, because for now we are focused on that noise. You might be wondering, what is this noise? Noise consists of everything you spend your time focused on that does not concern the welfare of life. This noise is an integral part of our lives, but it should not rule them like it does in this day and age. Is this your fault? Absolutely not. It is the condition of our current way of life; it is the current of the stream of life. It is how it is supposed to be because this is where we are, but this does not mean we should remain unaware of our condition. I’m scared to think that Peyton Manning’s weekly stat line is more important to the general population than the ecological stat line of the world. I worry that we may not care about certain things because the majority of people have chosen to ignore them. I feel a confidence within that says, “Reveal the depth of life to others, and they might also drink the nectar of its beauty.” A life lived on the cover of a book, never enjoys the spoils contained in its pages.
We live in a world where, “I heard this” has become more important than where it was heard, and from who. The internet has opened a Pandora’s Box of possibility, and prompted the growth of individual voice and thought. Information is available to a wider range of the population than ever before, and the abundance of this information is enormous. You would think that this would allow us to educate ourselves quicker and more efficiently, but this fantastic resource the internet provides is outweighed by the mind-rotting content that draws the majority of its viewers from the future of our society, the youth. Ideas spread like wildfire, and beliefs that are shared in common can become a web, like that of a spider weaved carefully with the strength to catch anything that passes. No sooner is the idea picked up by one and passed to another, that the way of conduct that preceded this new idea is forgotten. The change of what is acceptable in society has evolved faster than ever before, and it only looks to be gaining momentum. This rapid fire approach to what is acceptable to the collective group, ethics, is giving the face of the earth an extreme makeover, figuratively and literally. It is important to peg ethics on morality. Morality is finite, right and wrong. You don’t need to read a holy book of commandments to know what is right and what is wrong. This measure comes from within, gauging every decision you make, and as all of you should know by now, it is impossible to ignore forever. This concept is commonly referred to as one’s conscience.
We, as a collective group, must get back in touch with morality, and shift away from the distorted group standard we are becoming accustomed to, and allowing our children to also become accustomed to. Common courtesy is no longer common, it is a limited commodity. Simple, pleasant gestures have become kryptonite to our Superman culture, where only the best and brightest will do, and we strive to achieve it, no matter the cost. If we could only stop, and actually examine, what is this cost?