In a lot of ways the world I live in now is nothing like the world promised to me when I was a kid. America’s commitment to leave it’s citizens better than the previous generation seems to have been put on the back burner for greed, political ego, and fear of the “other”. People want to be right more than they want to be good or logical. It appears that more and more people are putting their interest first without care for anyone else, not even their very own neighbor. The ideology of “self” before “others” was always problematic for me. Not because I am not self protective but because I understand the symbiotic relationship that human beings have with each other. For who would you be if it wasn’t for another? How would you know if you were brave, kind, wise or even funny? And who could really live like the main character in the Tom Hank’s movie Cast Away? Spending years in isolation without even a animal to occupy your time. And furthermore, why would you want to?
We need each other and the relationships that develop from the human experience. Not just the kind you see from a family unit or your own personal tribe but from people who are nothing like us. We are so interdependent but our lack of ability to see that is strange. We act as if a ocean apart or on the other side of the country somehow protects or disqualifies us from having the same experience. Which is not only scientifically inaccurate but rather ignorant on even a basic level. Now yes, I’m speaking about this as more of a societal issue than a individual one.
As individuals we are becoming more tolerant, aware, and inquisitive. But why is that not reflected in the foundation of our American systems? A country said to be the most powerful nation in the world. For logically if a country claimed to be the best with the most resources, then it would work hard to eradicate quintessential human problems (ie. proverty, homelessness, healthcare, education etc...) that inevitably slow down the evolution of the species. Why? Because quite possibly solving those issues could push us into developing things that change our complete understanding of life. One that would benefit us currently and our future generations to come. But this new shift comes from all of us. Hence why we are so dependent on each other. It takes many to have a community. If more of us don’t wake up then we will become the exact thing we are running away from.
As I was watching CNN for coverage on yet another mass shooting in America; this time in Las Vegas, the biggest in modern history, I realized that my tolerance for hate has run out. I don’t have the desire to talk about someone or fight with someone. There’s enough of that going around everyday on the news. That I want to be a force for change and goodness in the world. Yes, hate has run out so much, that I don’t want to find glory in talking about anyone even if they deserve to be talked about.
In a effort to get away from all the “talking heads”, I found myself watching “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” a show I normally would have immediately turned off. But, I sat there enjoying it. Not for the gossip, makeup, hair, and designer clothes nor the display of wealth, but for the sisterly relationships and human bonding. I realized that without the tolerance for hate, I really couldn’t be judgemental. Allowing me to enjoy this famous reality show for exactly what it was. A show about a family with all it’s chaos. Giving me a chance to be reminded that we are all humans. That the only thing that separates us from each other is ourselves.