I love the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. I think I’ve written about this before. What a gift, to be given the opportunity of knowing for absolute sure that you made a difference. That you mattered. That your life counted for something.
Lately I am transfixed by what is going on in the world. I can’t seem to tear my eyes away from the evening news. Or the afternoon news. Or the suppertime news. People who are making a difference are splashed all over the television. Every. Single. Day.
The problem, though, is that most of the people who are making a difference are not making a good difference. They are sewing seeds of hate, tribalism, discrimination, dishonesty, discord and corruption. They are rich; they are powerful; what they say – no matter how ridiculous or outrageous – is taken into account. And for some unfathomable reason, the powerful few seem to make perfect sense to so many in the powerless mob.
In my own country, our handsome, charismatic leader has spent the better part of two months defending undefendable actions while his opposition sanctimoniously crows each day about ‘how they would never act in such a manner’ when even the most recent history proves that they would have done the same and far, far worse.
Meanwhile, dictators continue to dictate; people with guns continue to kill one another; the rich continue to exploit every natural resource with no thought to the future of their grandchildren; the middle class is becoming a distant memory and the poor continue to be hungry. The ocean is brimming over with plastic and we – one lone species – in one century have managed to bring more destruction to the planet; to bring more species to the edge of extinction than any other time in earth’s history.
And no one cares. It’s all just business as usual.
I have lost hope. And still I watch the news each day, utterly unable to turn away just because I do not like what I am seeing.
Shouldn’t some of us bear witness to this insanity?
Patti Moore Wilson © wednesdayschildca.wordpress.com