Lost in despair, lacking in compassion, empathy, humility and humanity…..
Wow, I can’t believe I am going to write this post, but there is a lot bubbling on in my brain right now and I don’t usually hold very strong opinions on anything the media writes and can take it with a grain of salt, but this I cannot contain!
In one weekend the media has had a field day with the gossip treadmill of Australian society and rightfully so everyone has an opinion. But let’s remember one thing: Our opinions, our judgements and our actions say more about us as an individual than they do of others. And when these opinions and judgements are negative in nature the impact they can have on others who may be going through a rough time can be disastrous.
In Australia we love to make sure there are no ‘Tall Poppies‘, but usually the ones doing the tearing down are the ones who believe they are ‘rightful’ in doing the tearing down regardless of what someone has achieved or what they are going through, those doing the tearing down think they are better, better then the person next to them, jealous of others, have low self esteem.
Mate-ship, apparently Australia is built on helping each other up? If we can not have a tall poppy, but we absolutely can make sure everyone knows when someone is having a terrible time, we will further publicise it and tear them down a little more, and while we are doing that we shake our heads at the suicide rates even in our high achieving people. Usually, our high achieving people are the ones helping others up and yet we tear them down. So those struggling the most are the ones offering the mate-ship but they don’t seem to be recognised for it or receiving it. Do Australians really offer mate-ship?
I think what we are seeing is the mirror being held up in our faces what is happening in the high profile world, is happening everywhere behind closed doors and in the less publicised areas.
Expectations are ridiculously high for everyone and in particular, our children. Anxiety and depression rates are through the roof in all areas of our population and we have older generations who constantly put others down because that is all they know. This creates a minefield for those in their teens, twenties, thirties, forties and fifties who can never be enough, feel enough, put pressure on their kids oh and get this we are all seeking for a more spiritual life right now – wow I wonder why?
We know that depression is a whole body issue (more in later posts), but I think it is a whole social issue as well, and if we can not face the fact that we have lost our way with really caring about others and helping them up, we don’t have compassion, we lack empathy, humility, and we don’t really care about humanity we care about being better than someone else.
There are a lot of bad things going on in the world but if we can not help ourselves or each other how can we help further afield?
Lots of food for thought, contact us to understand better.