Being kind to one another is not always easy. Being mean is. It’s easy to walk by the homeless or leave the fight for equal rights to someone else, (I digress). The world we have built ourselves encourages frustration, stress, and being short tempered. It fosters a race of people that are in constant motion going from one perceived priority to the next or one place to another and discourages slowing down to notice our surroundings.
If we can’t slow down and look around how can we possibly take time to notice the needs of others or places where we might help out? On the other hand if we are convinced in our own mind that our busy lives are the goal and not the journey it becomes easy to pass by suffering, need, and opportunities to love. We value things like fast computers and cars and kind of make people feel bad who choose to slow down and place their priorities differently.
I think at some point the world will out grow our ability to live in it. If you consider the high rates of depression, suicide, divorce, stress related deaths form stroke and heart attacks and substance abuse; you begin to get the picture of a society that is not built for the humans who live in it. Just think of it, it takes effort to slow down, that’s just odd.
I think there is a whole lot of us that miss the big picture about life and our common journey. What exactly are we rushing around for or to? What are we missing out on because of it??