What is going on?

July 7, 2016


Is it just me, or do we humans make life more complicated than it ever needs to be? We judge, hate, exclude, even kill each other. And all for what? I really can’t say. Sure, we could get into endless conversations about all of our issues and offer our opinions and solutions, but at the end of the day, does anything really change? I’d like to think that we’re in this new phase of humanity, in a global paradigm shift away from our materialistic, barbaric tendencies and towards a spiritual awakening. I see glimpses of it, but I also see a lot of two steps back.

Yesterday, when I heard about the shooting of Alton Sterling, I joined in on the collective exclamation: “What? Again?” Yes, again. And not just this tragedy. Each and every day, all over the world, people do bad things to each other, to themselves, to animals, to the planet. It seems never-ending. There seems to be more uncertainty in this world than ever before, but maybe that’s just me growing up and opening my eyes to the realities of life.

I have one wish for today: that you will watch this video. It’s a compilation of images and videos of our world from the ground and from space with the voice-over of renowned astronomer, Carl Sagan. Sagan delivers a beautiful, humbling message to us all and it’s one that I hope more and more people listen to in the days to come. This is an example of the importance of perspective.

Today, I just want to send out love to this world of ours. That’s it. I know, a tad cheesy Mal, but I can’t say much else and yet I want to recognize yesterday’s tragedy and those that have come before it and that will, sadly, come after. I don’t know how effective it is, but it’s really all I’ve got to give. Outside of debates, outside of politics, outside of protests and vigils, outside of actions and reactions, I’ll share my love and hope that it tips the scale for good, towards more good.


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