For the last few days I’ve thought long and hard about what my last post of the year would be. I was tempted to write an Open Letter, after all people seem to like those and I do admit I enjoy writing them. I was tempted to review the past year and give my take on the events and people that had the greatest impact on our lives, but I’ve been doing that all year so who cares? When all was said and done I decided to take a risk. I decided to write about hope, and love. Why is this so risky you ask? Simple. People seem to be drawn to the bad news, the controversial stories, and the attacks, legitimate or not, on those they feel are damaging their future. Many people who read much of what I write might not even bother to open this, seeing it as a waste of time. Be that as it may I have chosen to offer an expression of my faith in the human race and to convey to anyone still reading, anyone who feels a positive message is worth 5 minutes of their time, why I believe 2016 can be a year to remember positively.
We are constantly being inundated with all the bad news happening in the world today. To be fair, there really is a lot of bad news. As much as I hope and pray otherwise, more bad news can easily be right around the corner. There is evil on the planet looking to spread like wildfire. However, as much as history does tend to repeat itself, the loud voices of the good are more powerful than ever before in history. The good are from all walks of life. They may disagree with each other on how to fight the fight, but in the end so many want the same thing, peace and love in their life. I watch as Conservatives and Liberals battle it out. I know there are fundamental differences in some areas and I know there are passions that generate strong arguments, but I also see so many decent and kind people, people who want to be safe, enjoy their lives and experience things with their loved ones. The resolution to so many of the ills facing the world today may be far simpler than how to destroy the enemy. It may be more about coming together in support of common and decent goals.
The world is not silent. It’s somewhat lost and confused but a significant majority of the people on our planet want something very basic and very reasonable. A better life. Call me a naive optimist who has a pipe dream, but I believe it can happen. I do not doubt there will be a price to pay for the journey, a price that will see many people suffer and die, but in the end I believe we can make it. As long as we remember one very important thing. We’re all people. If 2 people who would otherwise be enemies in one place can be friends in the other, the reality is that it is more about environment than it is about genetic makeup.
I know there are many bad people in the world but the point I am making, one I believe to be critical to the planet’s future is that there are still more good people than bad. We need to find a common ground and grow from there. We need less arrogance and more humility. Less anger and more compassion. Less intolerance and more understanding. Less violence and more peace. Less despair and more hope. And most of all, less hate and more love. Human nature really does allow all of those things to take place. We just need to work harder to achieve it.
It can be done. How do I know this? Because in the end as I said earlier we are all just people, people looking for hope, and love.
Happy New Year to all of you and may 2016 bring us all a happy, healthy and secure world.
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