“If we did all the things we were capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” Thomas Edison
Imagine a place where life is beautiful all of the time, where everyone is perfectly content and gets along well with one another, where people share a common bound and are caring, helpful and committed. A place where everybody goes out of their way willingly, to help one other. Can you picture such a place? Could such a Utopia really ever exist? An optimist would surely say yes. A pessimist would scoff and find the notion foolish. But let’s be real, in the world we know, this crazy, screwed up, place we call home, could such an idyllic condition ever exist?
Think about it for a moment. We’re talking about a place where everyone is content with their lot in life, where everyone is genuinely happy and gladly does their part for the common good. Yeah, as much as I would like to believe that I’m an optimist I can’t really imagine such a perfect place, except maybe for heaven. Our society is simply too diverse, there are so many different points of view and clashing ideals. To create utopia there would have to be far too many changes for too many people. Besides we’re much too selfish and materialistic to adhere to Utopian ideals and standards, we want what we want, when we want it.
Each of us is a master of our own little world. We all have our own personal life bubble complete with a recurring cast of characters and situations that make it all worthwhile. And we’re all very protective of our worlds and willing to do nearly anything to keep them safe. An undisturbed bubble ensures happiness or something close to it and a better quality of life. And when we are in our zone we could care less about what’s going on in the world outside our bubble. Oh we know shit’s happening, we simply don’t care. We choose to look the other away. Looking the other way is a fact of life. Ignorance is bliss.
But what if creating this Utopia was as easy as making a wish, pushing a button or flipping a switch, would we be more willing to make a change or would the ‘look the other way’ attitude still prevail? Sadly, no matter what the prize, I believe the majority would go on about their business, satisfied with their lot in life, content with wearing blinders. The sad truth is that these life bubbles we create for ourselves have a high probability of bursting. We see it everyday on the news. Unsuspecting individuals and families who’s lives are disrupted by a single event, a disgruntled gunman, a robbery, car jacking, home invasion or other crime gone array, you just never know. There is no wrong place, wrong time anymore, now it’s anytime, anywhere, meaning more and more bursting bubbles.
We can’t go through life living in our personal bubbles. Bubbles burst and everything changes. You can’t go through life hiding your head in the sand or spreading your protective wings over each and every family member. You can’t continue to look the other way. The “it can’t/won’t happen here” attitude is a thing of the past. Shit happens, it happens to everyone and it appears to be happening more and more.
We can’t continue our life journey with blinders on. We need to be aware of everything that goes on in the world around us, why it’s happening and what the fallout will be. We need to understand how events affects us and what we can do to make it better not only for ourselves and our loved ones, but for everyone. Inside each of us lies the potential to make a difference, differences that can and will benefit the common good. Society is much more than a collection of individuals, it’s not about me’s and I’s but about us, all of us. We may not achieve utopia but we can make things better. We can make good things happen. We are society.
Just a thought…