Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The World Gone Mad

It's the second month of 2013, and the world seems to have gone completely insane! The Los Angeles Police Department is busy shooting up different make and color and trucks in an attempt to kill alleged serial killer/fired cop Christopher Dorner. (My question is, what does he know they are willing to allow innocent bystanders to get in the way in order to take him down?) Then there's the resignation of the Catholic Pope. For the past 600 years, sitting popes have died in office. As I recall, the last pope was pretty decrepit before he passed away. The current pope is resigning because of "health concerns"? Really?!!! This is actually the second high-powered resignation in the past couple of weeks. The first one was Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, who is going to abdicate in favor of her son. What in the world is happening? Has the world gone mad?

The simple answer is, "Yes!" The world is falling apart even as I write this, and it will probably get worse before it gets better. The thing is, it often takes a great deal of pain before people are willing to take notice and make changes. We live in a world where most of us are content to let responsibility go and allow others to handle the burdens. Unfortunately, most of the people we have given the responsibility of running our world have let us down in big ways. We are suffering. The earth is suffering. The world seems to be going crazy because we have let things get so far out of control they are breaking down. The world is broken and no bandaid, quick-fix can repair it.

So what happens now? How do we fix a world gone bad? It is time to take a much closer look at the institutions that are breaking down: the financial systems, the kings and queens, the prolonged fighting/wars, etc. Although we are used to such institutions, they continue to destroy us. Change is difficult for most people, but if we allow things to continue on as they are our demise is inevitable. I, for one, am no longer willing to accept societal norms because all they do is lull us into a false sense of security. Ultimately, we must acknowledge that what has been done in the past is no longer working and develop new paradigms which focus on restoring order and rebuilding community.
Sometimes institutions need to break down in order for people to rebuild something much more substantial and wholesome. Yes, the world has gone mad. May we rise above the madness to create a much more abundant, beautiful world!

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