… is a place I understand less and less. What happens to this world, home of 6,823,448,400 people (at this point of time)? Where do we actually live? What time is this?
In our own countries, those really modern, advanced and rich countries, more and more children don’t have enough to eat. Every day. The families have to live of such a small amount of money that I would have trouble to afford a normal life. If you lose your job these days, the way down the ladder is short. The way back up is hard and full of obstacles.
We are confronted with violence. In schools already. Children that seem different, that have different hobbies, interests or clothes are bullied. They get beaten up, robbed, raped, even killed. Remember: We are talking about kids here! What happens here? When did it become dangerous to fight for the good things? When did it become a suicide mission to ask kids in a train to refrain from smoking? When did our society decide that people that stand up for the rights we all rely on get killed?
Expectations. Everywhere and all the time. We expect people to give 100%… or even better: more than that. Today it is a common thing we hear at almost every marketing meeting, on the news but even in the companies we work for every day: It is not enough to give 100%. In order to be good, you need to give at least 120%. How stupid is that? We have to function flawlessly. In every situation. 24/7. But when was it that we decided that the one thing that makes us human, the fact that we are not perfect, that we all have flaws, was something that is not allowed anymore? When did we decide to rationalise our own kind? In a world where imperfection and 100% is not allowed anymore, we only get aware of the situation when something “dramatic” happens. Robert Enke, designated goal keeper of the German football team for 2010 commited suicide last week. The condolence is huge. But it happens every day…
There are moments, when I just feel I am in the wrong place. We live in a world where everything is available. All the time. Anywhere. At a different location on this planet, people die because they are lacking the things we don’t even pay attention to anymore. In our world, people die of the pressure we create for ourselves. And soon, they will die of hunger and bad medical support as well. Our societies diverge into upper and lower class more and more. But we are one society.
We are all one kind… will we ever learn?
Let’s start to think grand scale… with little things!