I see it everyday, someone says, “THIS is what’s wrong with the world!”
Usually it has to do with someone liking something or having a different opinion. For instance, we homeschool, and apparently that is what’s wrong with the world. Or I don’t find it funny when someone makes fun of the way someone else looks. And that’s what’s wrong with the world.
What’s wrong with the world is that we’re disconnected and afraid of each other.
What’s wrong with the world is we’re all so sure we’re right that we’re willing to talk over others and our the people we claim to protect just so we can still be right.
What’s wrong with the world is that we’re so afraid of having to tell someone we can’t talk, that we never answer the phone.
What’s wrong with the world is that we’re so afraid of saying something stupid, that we hide away and never come out. We tell our friend’s we’re busy time and time again until our friends no longer ask, and we no longer have friends.
What’s wrong with the world is we’re so quick to prove we’re good parents, better parents, that we’ll actually go out of our way to blame another parent for their possible mistakes rather than reach out to help them.
What’s wrong with the world is we’re so quick to believe the worst in others that when a toddler falls at the playground the parents get mad at the person who arrives first to help, rather than say thank you.
What’s wrong with the world is we have so many people so afraid of making mistakes or failing, that they fail to live. We have an generation that doesn’t know how to cope with failure or mistakes, we have a generation that doesn’t know how to talk to each other. We have a generation who grew up being told what to do and how to do it. They know they want better, for themselves and their children, but they don’t know what to do instead.
What’s wrong with the world is that we have a generation of parents who don’t understand the difference between discipline and corporeal punishment. They don’t know the difference between permissive/unparenting and discipline. We have parents fighting with their children, dictating every moment but failing to teach their children how to live or how to be kind.
We have millions of people of all ages who desperately want to be loved, but believe they’re unlovable.
The healthiest communities are the most connected communities. They’re the communities with people who believe they’re loved and deserve that love, but they also believe their neighbour deserves to be loved as well.
The healthiest communities are the ones where people recognize the difference is skin colour, but still invite each other over to play games.
The healthiest communities are the ones who know each other and spend time together.
They’re not the communities with the most children in after school programs, they’re the ones with the most parents taking turns watching children and offering snacks.
The healthiest communities are the ones where a parent sees a child alone and the parent sticks around to keep an eye on that child rather than call the cops.
The healthiest communities have people who regularly spend time together and welcome others.
What’s wrong with the world is we have too few front porches and too many tall fences that are too high to allow neighbours to talk.
We value privacy more than anything else. More than connection, more than happiness.
If you want to fix the world, then talk to your neighbours. Ask them questions, get to know them, and help them out on occasion, with no thought of renumeration.
If you want to fix the world, then let go of needing to be right about politics and ask your uncle Ralph what about the conservative government’s platform is so important to him. Yes, I’m serious. I’m not saying you have to agree, but the world will be better if you listen to others without telling them they’re wrong.