“Every single day in our life, what do we go through? Change. Physically, we age. Emotionally, we enrich. Knowledge wise, we gain. Experiences, we grow.”
Everyone from everywhere from any time will face daily struggles just like any of us
In life, we always talk about our daily challenges. Individuals from different parts of the world will all face a variety of problems. The truth is, no matter which era you came from, what kind of family you were brought up in, which country or state you live in, you will face problems from the day you were born to the day you die.
For those in 3rd world countries, they may have unmet physiological or safety needs. For those in 1st world countries, we may face issues of social belonging or achievement goals. The whole world is actually very much interlinked if we think about it.
Many people from the 1st world countries are trying to offer humanitarian aid or volunteer in poor 3rd world countries. Many in 3rd world countries are taking on jobs that enables our system of consumerism and materialism to be sustained e.g. being used as cheap labour to make clothes, hunting for rare gems that the individuals from 1st world countries flourish in.
Closing up the imbalanced equilibrium
What causes mistakes and loopholes? Imperfection. Be it in an individual, organization, or system. With a perfect system, there is no need for change, no need for progress, no areas of improvements. Status quo by itself becomes an epitome of pure flawlessness. Any change how minor will just rock out the already balanced equilibrium.
This is why our world was made imperfect, so that we can learn how to better balance out the unbalanced equilibrium, and have the opportunity, freewill, and capacity to rock the unbalanced boat. It is never possible to reach a middle ground with the complexity, interlinked problems of individuals and the world, but our role as humans is to work alongside one another to close up the difference in gap (e.g. Understanding, knowledge, inequality, resources).
The troubled world of money, differences, and relationships
Many problems stem from inequality. Those from poor or minority backgrounds may face more stress and issues due to the dysfunctional outcomes e.g. being addicted to external substances to cope with woes, more fights with people, facing discrimination in terms of opportunities and treatment. Because of systems which are based on hierarchies of status and power – the rich and popular gets richer, while the needy and poor remain poor with little basic rights over generations. Those in power may also end up manipulating the needy e.g. human trafficking, drug trafficking.
Differences cause conflicts. We all have diverse political ideologies, religious beliefs, customs, languages, lifestyles, interests. As such, all these leads to perception differences and awareness due to ignorance or lack of understanding, resulting in tension and misunderstandings. All these further perpetuates over time into ill-feelings, discrimination; and finally, clashes. Our diversity ends up turning into animosity. Love becomes hate. Black becomes white.
Knowledge, experiences, and the human ties that bind
Lack of knowledge leads to all of these issues. From experiences we go through, we enrich ourselves with new information that leads to self-enlightenment, which answers our unknown. And with that, we form a cohesive teamwork, and develop skills on how to tackle our various issues of inequality in the system, differences between communities, and learn how to maintain relationships on a diplomatic level between countries, or between companies, or within our social relationships.
We grow up making new connections every day. Some fail miserably, some reach a cornerstone, but when we overcome that, the relationship grows over time. Be it at work, school, or in your respective community, we have to interact and work together to accomplish our goals. Relationships are made and built for a reason. To keep us not only sane, but also allow us to connect and learn from each other.
We grow in experiences as we spend more time with each other. We gain new knowledge from adults to help us better understand the world. We acquire more social skills to form better current, and future relationships. We take in feedback from the environment, learn from our flaws, and develop into a better person. Slowly but surely, we learn how to be a better friend, partner, colleague, or to put it simply, a better human being.
Growing from what we have learnt to impact the future
On an individual level, we take in experiences and knowledge. And then contribute it back to society through our own means e.g. going about your daily job, engaging in regular community work or civil society, granting donations, giving up a seat to the elderly, helping a bullied victim.
On a community or working level e.g. at work, school, religious or cultural communities, we learn how to better understand our respective differences and flaws, as well as tapping on each other strengths to reach out ultimate goal.
On a system, corporate, organizational or diplomatic level – we observe the trends, loopholes, and areas of improvements to better tackle issues which are of a national, regional or global level. From analysing of these problems, we learn how to enable the subsystems to work together more effectively, while maintaining positive relationships, humanitarian and ecology protection.
Problems are not novel, they are ever-changing and unpredictable.Thus, life is about learning and growing from our past (e.g. history, what we were taught or told) that shapes us to be more informed individuals with better behavioral and decision-making skills. And passing on what we know or have been through to the next generation so that they can also be the next wave of change in whatever kind of issues they may face in their era.
We have the power to make a change in this world no matter how small. All these small acts will eventually influence, and add on to something bigger. And when we become empowered, we can also empower others, and pass on the continuous cycle of initiating a change.
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Written by: Cass
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