I’m not a big fan of talking about tragedy, but I can’t ignore the events that we have been living through, and still are living through in the world. This year has been a roller coaster ride. This year sucked in so many ways, but it has also been a blessing in disguise, because what happened in 2020 I believe needed to happen. Yes, people lost their lives, people lost loved ones, friends, and even soul mates, but COVID-19 did not take away very thing that people understand more than anything else in the world: love!
Love cannot be infected by any virus, love cannot get broken, love doesn’t have anyway of getting destroyed. Love only heals. It’s the only power in the world that brings people together. It’s makes us human beings stronger, and it heals our souls.
No, it might not be able to heal people from COVID-19, but if you believe in love, you will heal from the suffering that comes with the virus. If you believe, understand, and have love, you know what it really means to be a human being. And while people are suffering right now, whether it may be from physical pain, or emotional pain, love will prevail. And nobody in power will have you believe otherwise! They don’t have to. Because at the end of the day, when we understand what love is and embrace its powers, nothing else matters anymore.
We are moving forward into a new era in 2021, and while it’s going to be difficult still, we will have one less issue to deal with. But that’s the thing; it’s just one problem. There are still problems that the initial problem caused. And while the biggest problem is now going to be gone come January, we’ll have a big task to clean up the mess that he made.
But it’s not politics that will be the healer in this situation, it won’t be religion, and it won’t even be opinions on social media. They’re just cushions to prop up the charade that they all represent. The only thing that will heal at least the emotional scars of the pandemic is love. And now is not the time to give up on love. If you give up on love, you loose. COVID-19 may be here for awhile, but love is here forever. Because love doesn’t die, it lives forever! And that, for me at least, is the biggest lesson from 2020. We have to put our differences aside, and put love first. Nothing good will come if we just ignore it, because if we do, we’ll just create more of the same drama.
The time for bigotry is up people! We’ve gotta let go of it. There’s not a place for bigotry in this world anymore. In fact, there never was a place for it ever. The time for hatred is also up. Greed, anger, selfishness, war…. all of that must now die! It’s time to settle our differences, and embrace them for what they are. Because our differences are what actually makes us great. And, by the way, thank God we all are different because the world would be pretty bloody boring if we were all the same! Because correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought that was why we exist. To be different! And to break down barriers between each other. Bigotry is the biggest barrier we have in the world, and we can’t move forward until we get rid of it.
I rather not use the term “man made”, so I’ll use a different term.
Bigotry is a HUMAN MADE product! Us human beings created bigotry. Whether people are aware of it or not, we somehow created bigotry, and now it’s “normalised”. I believe that bigotry is a the biggest intellectual virus that there is. And yet, we brush it off our shoulders when it arises and pretend it’s okay! Or, say that it’s not okay, but sit on our hands and do absolutely nothing about it! HOW COWARDLY DO WE HAVE TO BE FOR US TO DO NOTHING ABOUT BIGOTRY WHEN IT’S STARING US RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR FACES?! Are we just too dumb to do anything about it? If not, when are we going to learn that fighting and blaming other people for the social issues at hand isn’t going to solve a damn thing? In the words: where do we draw the line? The only way that we can solve the issues that we face today is by having an honest, raw discussion, and figure out where we can meet each other, and get along. That’s what we should’ve learnt in 2020!
I was in Denver, Colorado in 2017 for a conference, and I was with my Mum. We went out for lunch, and we went to the local Burger King. We were standing in line waiting to order food. As we were waiting, this homeless guy walks into the restaurant. He was straggly looking, smelled like he had been in a garbage dump, and he was shaking. This man had no money for food.
So, my Mum approaches him and said “would you like us to buy you some food?” And in that moment, I’ve never seen such gratitude in a person’s face. He said “yes please!”
Everyone in that restaurant ignored this guy just because he was homeless and he look “dodgy”. But that wasn’t the case! He was just wanting to eat.
So we bought him a meal, and as we were ordering the food, the man sat down at a table, puts his hands together, puts them on his forehead, and he starts praying! He was praying to give thanks that someone had the heart to buy him food when he had no money, and that someone was my Mum.
In that moment, I realise that he was grateful that someone had enough love to buy him food out of their own money, and that someone was my mother!
Being offended doesn’t work, or help anymore, and neither does whining, bitching, or moaning. Nor is having a go at others, whether they’re black, white, disabled, able bodied, what country they’re from, what their spiritual beliefs are, what our sexual preferences are….. the bottom line is: we are all human, and it’s irrelevant what differences we might have, we are all the same! And if we are going to learn that lesson, NOW IS THE TIME TO LEARN IT AND IMPLEMENT IT!
Getting offended, whining, bitching, and moaning is boring now. We have to make changes in the world ourselves now. We need to step up to the plate and take action, because I’m telling you right now: the governments around the world are not going to do it for us! We must do it ourselves, and the only way that we can do the work is through love. Yes, we can be honest with each other, and we should be honest, but we must be able to listen to each other, and hear other people’s point of view. It doesn’t mean that we have to agree with each other, and if we do, great! But if not, at least we have got enough respect for each other to hear one and another out. Because, unless the facts are presented to us, all we have are opinions.
The media says that they have “the facts”. The truth is they’re just giving mixed messages. That’s all they know how to do. Facts don’t matter as far as the media is concerned, because all it really is, is a gimmick. If they were really for facts, they’d have real people with the balls to speak about what is true! But no media outlet is designed to do such a thing.
So, what’s the alternative?
Well, the truth is that the media IS the alternative! Without knowing it, we’ve been taking the alternative for literally decades. We don’t want that anymore. We want honesty. We want to get well again. We want to get along with each other. We want love! We want gratitude. We’ve been stuck in the hole of hate for WAY too long now, and it’s time to get out of it. We’ve got to get out of it, because we’re suffocating right now.
When George Floyd was strangled to death by police and he said “I can’t breathe”, he wasn’t just talking about himself, he was talking about how everyone feels right now. Yes, he was defending his own rights as an African American, and he created a beautiful legacy, but what he meant was the human race is in jeopardy. Black Lives Matter! What a terrific concept! And what a powerful message it is!
It’s this “Black Lives Matter” campaign that is the start of something that is going to be the basis of the new global mindset. The global mindset has to change, and that comes down to the little things in the world. Not just the big things. You can’t change the big things in the world until you start changing the small things in the world! Because the little issues are the ignition for the big issues. You can’t put out a fire by tackling the big flames first! You have to put the little embers out first. If you let a fire go out of control, the more people will get hurt and possibly die!
It’s all very well to make noise, and that’s great to do that, but it’s our job to take the action necessary to make the changes we want to see in the world. All noise will do is create more problems if there’s no action to back it up. Noise doesn’t equal action! Noise is just hollow and doesn’t serve any purpose. Standing up and doing something about it is action, even if it’s a small thing. At least it’s a step in the right direction. At least you have enough strength to have a say in the conversation. Because this is a conversation. We just need to have enough people to build the conversation up. As soon as we start talking, and more importantly, doing our share, the wheels will start moving in the right direction. And the more people who have enough gumption to jump onboard, the faster we will go! All we’ve got to do is to start talking to each other nicely, openly, and honestly. And then we have to listen to each other and have an open mind and heart. And you know what, this is so easy to do, but what makes it difficult is other peoples mindsets. There’s that word again: mindset. We’ve got to change ours. And we’ve got to change it for the better.
This is not about Trump anymore. In fact, it never was about Trump. Like I said earlier in this post: in 2021, we will have one less issue to deal with. Now it’s time to deal with much bigger issues, and ask ourselves some tough questions. From January 1st, and if you’re in America, January 20th, we need to be BRUTALLY HONEST with ourselves. Can we afford to continue to go along this road or not? I’d be very surprised if the answer was yes. In fact, I’m telling you right now, the answer is: no way! We can’t afford to continue to go along this road.
This is no longer about politics, it’s no longer about religion, it’s no longer about whether you’re black, white, gay, straight, disabled, able bodied…. it’s about recognising that we are all human. And that’s a beautiful thing! This pandemic may rage on for now, but once we’ve found a cure we can press the restart button and start a better era. But in the meantime, let’s put love first and just bloody well get along no matter what degree!
You’re not onboard? Fine! You have the right to disagree with me. But I know for a fact that this is the path that we must take in order to make the world a better place for us. And I don’t know everything about how to make the world better, but I want to find out if what I suggested will work. We will never know until we give it a go. The hardest part in all of this is starting it. We can just talk for ages about doing something, but if there’s no action, the talk will mean nothing. In fact, let’s stop talking AND JUST DO THE JOB!!!!