“Men will risk their lives, even die for ribbons”. ― Napoléon Bonaparte
While I am sure it sounded better in French, the sentiment remains. We are terrible at judging risk and even worse at putting our lives on the line for the right reason. Bamboozled by greed, anger and ignorance; we spend our days chasing after the phantoms our corporate overlords have fashioned into the shallow pool of commerce. Ginned up at the slightest provocation to hate, we then cleanse ourselves with a post, click or online purchase.
Now that we have fouled our nest so much that Mother Nature has put us in time out, maybe we should reevaluate the currency of our lives. Petulant to the end, we are certain this peril does not apply to us as long as we have the symbols of success – the pins, ribbons and security of home and acceptance. Until everyone has home and acceptance, no one will have security.
The solutions are always simple. Do the work. Appreciate the love you have. Be the first to forgive. Determine to build a future based on value, truth and beauty.