Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Unto thine own self be true.
There are so many pressing issues that I cannot begin to list them all. They include (in no particular order) deforestation, climate change & peak oil, loss of biodiversity, social and economic injustice, animal welfare, the banking system, the power of the multinationals, soil degradation, GMOs, pesticides, pollution....and many, many more.
Having run around like a headless chicken for many years trying to help raise awareness of most of the above, I decided last year to try and focus on the issues I personally feel most passionate about. This doesn't mean I don't think the others are equally important and pressing.... it just means I believe I can be more effective with my time and energy by following my own heart rather than someone else's heart. I also believe I can be more effective if I work in my own way, with my own skills.
We have all been gifted different skills, personalities, abilities and world views, so it stands to reason that we are going to have different ways of doing things. This is wonderful because it means that collectively we can appeal to a wider range of people...but it also means we are not always going to agree with each other!
Some of us are politically minded, some are not. Some put their trust in science; others put their trust in spiritual or 'alternative' practices. Some are only just waking up to the fact that there are problems to be dealt with whilst others have been campaigning for decades. There are those who choose to 'be the change' by quietly living low impact lives and there are activists who are prepared to face injury and even death for what they believe needs to change. In fact, we probably have as many different ways of 'thinking' and 'behaving' as there are issues to be dealt with. To my mind this is a positive thing.
However, I have noticed recently that some groups, organisations and individuals spend a great deal of valuable time and energy trying to persuade others that 'their' way is the 'best' way, or the 'only' way. Or... that their 'issue' is the most important issue.
Surely this is counter productive? I don't think there is a 'best' way, or an 'only' way, or a 'most important' issue. There are many ways to effect change and many important things that need to change - and they are all equally important.
We are all just tiny little cogs in a huge giant wheel and it has NEVER been more important for us to work alongside each other..... to co-operate, to support, to respect and honour our differences and to stop picking holes in each others belief systems. It's time for us to drop both individual and organisational ego. This is not a competition and there is no place for ego if we are to make headway!
So, whoever you are, and however you do what you do..... remember that we are all wonderfully unique and keep on being your own amazing self!