Often, we are told to change who we are but we should not do that willy-nilly. We should be ourselves. We should only change ourselves if we want to change. Normally I speak about political issues but today is a different day. The world is a different world. Children are being brought up in societies where being different is more becoming the norm yet we still have a lot more of the same.
Be like us! The world says be like us. Do what we do. Join this or that profession. This or that other career path is not a ‘real’ profession. There are times, of course, in life when we must follow the rules and conform to certain standards but that does not mean you should lose who you are.
The message I am leaving here is not one of be different or stand out from the crowd. I am saying do what you want to do. Be who you are. Even if you do not know yourself at all get on the road and be the best you can be in the moment until you find a better you. We are always finding our better selves. Our best selves are out there . Better said, our best selves are inside of us.
We are constantly honing our personalities by our choices. I think it would be better (this is just a thought so do what you want in the end) if we make choices in our best interest instead of adhering to choices made for us. Of course we do not always know what is best for us. That is why sometimes we must choose to listen to the advice and sometimes the commands of others. Thing is that choice is still your choice to make and no one else’s .
This life is a curious life. It is a life like the game of cricket; full of glorious uncertainties. If life were straight-forward all of the time it would surely be too dull for many of us. There would be some of us who would love it that way. They have their slice of life on earth too where some things are as straight as they can be. For the rest of humanity, wherever you are, actually for all of humanity just enjoy whatever it is you are doing, be yourself and do you to the best of your ability.
From time-to-time we often hear there is a need for change in the country. Someone calls in on a radio programme. Another person in your neighbourhood, maybe a friend, makes a comment about how the politicians are ‘wicked’ or ‘corrupt’. You know how it goes. Election time comes and the politicians begin campaigning with promises of ‘change’. Yet, somehow, after all of these calls and decisions made in hope of change things, today, seem so much like the same.
From election cycle to election cycle in countries around the world the calls of change are made. Outside of election time, committees and organization, local, regional and international, are created with the purpose of making some change in some place in this world. Where is the change?
I will list some questions for you. You can take the time to think about them when you have a chance. I have some responses but I will keep them to myself at least for now. Here they are:
- If the world is supposed to be such a loving place why is there so much poverty?
- If certain doctrines, religious and legal, label us all as created equal then why are we making a world that is not?
- Why is it that that in many parts of the world people have the right to live in poverty but are barred by lay from ending their lives?
- Is there really a way to end poverty?
- Is political correctness the way to conduct public discourse? Maybe there is room for the not-so-nice-talk.
- Are safe spaces necessary?
- Why is it important to have Black people represented at awards shows?
- Is atheism the answer? One may ask the answer to what?
- Do we need governments?
- What would the world look like without money?
It seems as though we have a lot of the wrong change in this world. People doing little things with little effect. Pocket change maybe?
Is the good life sipping champagne while relaxing on a catamaran sailing down the beautiful Caribbean Sea with scantily clad women or is it driving out the showroom with that new Mercedes ? Maybe it is trying on that Armani suit and saying, “I’ll take!” or even entering that exclusive cocktail party. Many also believe Capitalism is the best thing yet. Do you? When I was younger and unenlightened, I thought this was the answer for me.
Please tell me. What happens when the champagne bottle runs dry and the ecstasy wears off? Do we realize that there has to be more to life than just all this hedonistic behaviour? This highly contested question has been pondered by