Let’s be honest. We all know that something is terribly wrong with the world. Most of us close our eyes because we simply don’t know what to do about it. Well, that’s about to change.
Read on to learn about the two causes of any global issue and how this knowledge can help you solve it. It comes down to one simple strategy that has the potential to solve any world problem. Yup, that includes world hunger as well as nuclear waste. It’s a fairly simple strategy and I promise that it doesn’t involve going to Africa to do volunteer work (even though that’s a great option). When I said simple, I meant it. And here’s an extra promise, it will be fun too!
The two causes of global issues
There are only two things that can cause global issues: accidents and loss of humanization. You might think there are more complex causes to all the suffering in the world, but it really comes down to these two things.
Let me explain.
Accidents. Shit happens. If a giant tsunami rolls over Haiti, that’s something we can’t control. All natural catastrophes fall into this category including hurricanes, landslides, and earthquakes. Accidents are things we don’t have control over. Therefore, let’s concentrate on the second and controllable cause of world problems.
Loss of humanization. What do I mean by that? Loss of humanization happens when we forget what it means to be human and we lose connection with ourselves and each other.
Let me give you an example.
When a child works in an H&M factory until it passes out, you have an intuitive feeling that it isn’t right. You just know it. If you were in that factory with the child lying next to you on the floor, I bet your first reaction wouldn’t be to ask the kid where you can get that fancy blouse he was sewing the label on. You would try to help the child. Because you’re human.
But if you were sitting in your cozy home watching a report on TV about child labour, things would be different. You might feel sorry for the child and be really touched by the story, but chances are that you’re going to forget about it as soon as you switch off the TV. Or maybe you will keep watching TV but switch channels immediately, to something more pleasant or even something dumb. Anything to stop your heart from screaming, “This can’t be right!”
Why is that?
The reason is that most of us have somehow lost the knowledge of what it means to be human. We’ve lost connection to ourselves and to the breathing beings around us.
We’ve been brainwashed into thinking that this is just the way it works and that we don’t have the power to make a difference. You’ve been told that Justice, Peace, Happiness, and Wealth are not for everyone, and that some people naturally have to suffer.
I call BS.
The one simple strategy to create a world that makes sense
You can analyze any global issue but at the root, there’s always a loss of humanization. Here are a few more examples that make this clear:
War.We forget that the man we’re killing is a human being and that he has people who pray for him to come home safe, just like we do.
World Hunger. The fact is, there is too much food on this planet. About half of the food on the planet gets thrown away, before it even hits the shelves of your local supermarket. There are ways to provide food for everyone but most people don’t care enough to make it happen. We’ve lost the connection to the people who are affected by hunger. We keep distance from the things that are hard to hear about, like the children dying every few seconds.
- Destruction of the environment. If we stop and think about our environment, we know that we need this planet and that it will do us no good to destroy it. But instead of taking action, we suppress the thought, and keep on wasting and polluting and destroying because it’s convenient and socially acceptable to do so. We’ve lost the connection to our roots and to nature.
There are tons of other world problems, big and small, and all of these come back around to the loss of humanity. See if you can come up with a world issue, that doesn’t scream dehumanization, at the root level. If you can, make sure to let me know in the comments.
Now that we know the cause of global issues, how can we solve or even prevent them?
Remember back to the example I provided regarding child labour. If you were in that scenario, you’d be scared, angry, and protective. You’d feel all kinds of things. And while you were helping that kid, your mind would be racing and searching for the meaning in all of this, yet it wouldn’t find anything. All you would come up with, is that it just doesn’t make sense for children to have to work in stinky factories and risk their health, just so we can buy a fancy t-shirt for 5 bucks.
What we see here is this: You had both an emotional response and an immediate reaction to this situation. Your heart (feelings) as well as your brain (thoughts) reacted. It reacted in the same way that would surely be repeated over and over again, as other similar situations were presented.
And this, my friends, is the solution.
When you get confronted with global problems right in front of your face (not when you’re sippin’ on a beer in front of the TV), you have a certain reaction. You intuitively know that this is not right (your heart speaking to you), and you have an immediate reaction to do something about it (your brain speaking to you).
Now that we are aware of this, we can prevent and solve these issues.
We can re-humanize.
Re-humanization = Acting in a way that feels right in your heart and makes sense in your brain.
We can act in a way that our heart and brain can support and that feels in alignment with our values. We can act in a way that makes sense for us.
Can you follow me? All we need to do is stop ignoring that feeling of when something doesn’t feel right or make sense to us. Instead, we can focus on acting in alignment with our values and feel happy in our heart and minds in return.
This is where the fun part comes in.
Everybody can do it. Everyday.
If you re-humanize and act according to your values, life is going to be a lot more fun. It gives you certain criteria to which you can surround your actions, and your everyday as well as the life-changing decisions.
You won’t have that weird feeling in your gut and turning on your TV, won’t make you want to puke!
You know that there are problems out there and that some are huge threats to our people and our world. But at the same time, you know that one small person (you) has the power to make a change. You don’t have to solve every world problem on your own. Committing yourself to be human in your decisions, is a huge contribution in itself.
Imagine if we all did that. How different would the world be?
Things like giving all your money to charity or doing volunteer work for two years definitely matter. But what really gets the ball rolling for world change, is the steps we take each day. It might be small acts like choosing the organic steak over the mass produced one or cycling to work instead of taking the car. No matter how small the act, it does make a difference. Everyday.
Consistent small acts have the power to change the world.
All that matters is that you open your eyes and react to the caring feelings you have inside of you.
Because now it’s not as scary. You can do something about the horrors you see.
Become a human being with feelings and independent thoughts again. If we were all to do that, everything would change.
Let’s commit to making the world a better place, day by day, step by step. We can’t change it tomorrow, but we can change it.
And that’s all that matters.
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