2012 would have been a sad ending to the story of our world
Thank goodness the world did not end in 2012 because it would have been a sad ending to our story. Can you imagine reading the story about the development of mankind to a group of aliens from another universe? They might be impressed with our advancements in medicine, engineering, and technology, but they would be very disappointed in our development of human relations and in our progress of creating a civilized world. They would probably be shocked to learn how we have treated each other and how we have treated the planet. They might even ask if our story is based on a fictional horror movie. Unfortunately, we have experienced a violent history and if we want to change the future, we must acknowledge the past. Our early development of civilization was based on a “conquer and conquest” mentality and some of these barbaric scenes were brought back to life last year in the History Channel’s television series, “Mankind – The Story of All of Us”. Although we have made some big strides forward, a review of 2012 will reveal that we have a long ways to go to put the kind back in mankind. There were terrible atrocities against women including the bullying and suicide of Amanda Todd; the shooting of Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousufzai and the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student on a Delhibus. In 2012, we were subjected to more violent protests, human rights abuse issues, environmental degradation, animal cruelty, political conflicts, economic turmoil, and some terrible mass killings that shocked the world.
The Newtown shooting tragedy blasted a hole in my heart
I received a distressing call from a colleague at work. She was weeping on the phone and my initial thoughts were that something must have happened to her elderly father. My attention heightened when she uttered something about another school shooting in theUS. I quickly turned on the television to witness CNN broadcasting frightening scenes of shocked little children running away from the massacre, as police officers stormed their school in a desperate search for the killer. It was a tragedy that shocked the world. This senseless killing blasted a hole in my heart and etched a scar on my mind. I will never forget the sorrow that I felt for the innocent victims and their families. I am sure that most people went home that night and hugged their loved ones a little closer to their heart. There will be ongoing questions on why this tragedy and other mass shootings have happened in our civilized society. There will be endless debate on how these tragedies could have been prevented in the first place. It is going to take some time, patience, and cooperation to address the social problems, security concerns and the firearms issues. In the meantime, the families who have suffered the loss of their loved ones and the people who were traumatized by this tragedy need some healing time. Fortunately, the healing process started immediately inNewtownwith an outpouring of love, support, and compassion for the families and the community. Hopefully the memories of this tragedy and the other negative news events in 2012 will inspire some positive changes in 2013. Our world deserves more love and we can chart a new path for the human race, by choosing love now.
Choosing love for your New Year’s Resolution could change your life and our world
Civilizations around the world have been celebrating the start of each New Year for at least four millennia. A common tradition includes making resolutions for the New Year and the most popular resolutions usually involve some form of self-improvement such as health, wealth, or fitness goals. Perhaps it is time to choose a New Year’s resolution that will inspire family-improvement, community-improvement, and world-improvement. Imagine what our world would be like if more people choose love in 2013? Could a collective resolution of love change the world for the better? If love can heal a broken heart then perhaps a large dose of love could heal the rift between countries, cultures, or enemy lines. Perhaps we are here to learn about the power of love? Love is the common thread that can tie all of us together regardless of our age, social status, ethnicity, beliefs, or physical location. We could become a world of approximately seven billion brothers and sisters. Love is the foundation for creating peace, harmony, and compassion in the world. Love is the world’s most important renewable energy source and it will shine brightly, when we choose to turn the power on. A newborn child beams love because they have not had the power of their love turned off by negative experiences or negative news events. Are you ready to regain your birth right? All you have to do is choose love now! Your life will change and our world will change as the power of love enlightens the human race. It is easy, it is good for you, and it is good for others. You can start now by expressing your love in your thoughts, words, and actions. The loving gesture of theNew Yorkpolice officer who gave a new pair of boots to a barefoot homeless man in November 2012, should give us hope for humanity in 2013 and beyond.