Now the snow is gone (not that we had any) and the Christmas season has come to end, and to be honest I’m glad. This year the “season of goodwill” (appropriately in inverted commas — as it really isn’t) started even earlier than in other years, and lets be honest I was sick of it by a week in.
It has seemed like a none christmas this year, and in fact it seems to have been even more commercial, not that I am one to propagate the season’s real meaning, being an atheist and all that kind of makes that a none starter.
I would however like to see some kind of goodwill to all men.
The world is in turmoil, as is evident or will be to you if you take five minutes to invest your mind in some informational gathering from a news outlet. I suggest we look at what sort of aid we should be offering to those in need, and think very hard in fact, as to be honest, lavishly splashing around money isn’t going to sort the issue and each situation will inevitably end up at its own starting point. Thus beginning the cycle and starting the whole process again, and the worry is, that those in need will have to come cap in hand for another injection of cash to move things forward.
These are of course, the things that keep me awake at night*. I do however have genuine concern at the turn the human race is taking over, lets say in the past forty years. We are a selfish society, each day we are out for our own aims, be they monetary, goal driven or simply to get one over on someone.
Let me state, unequivocally that, I do not have a problem with anyone bettering themselves or working hard to reach a goal that they want to achieve, this in itself is human nature and is a helpful thing to society, after all we would not have; electricity, the motor care, anything to do with America** if it weren’t for those simple humans striving to do something more with their lives.
We could however take a note from their books that on the whole most of those people who invented/discovered something amazing** didn’t take their discovery for granted and actively used their new found knowledge for the betterment of society. This isn’t often the case these days, and most ‘inventors’ are after a patent so that they can reap the rewards for the discovery in monetary value.
I hope that we can ebb the flow of negative tendencies in humanity and hope that we can one day live in harmony, but alas that isn’t going to happen is it?
Throughout history we have fought each other (this is beginning to sound like a novel), we have attacked one another, over land, resources, or even skin colour so that we can raise a flag and say that we are the best. Worrying, but alas, each one of us is just a small cog in a much larger, much more aggressive and potentially deadly machine.
So maybe in 2014, you should just make a small gesture just to improve the life of the man/woman/child next to you, and make their life just that bit better.
*They don’t keep me awake at night.
**Tongue in check, not entirely true, often not true at all.