Last year, in the midst of the academic year slowing down, the UK General Election, the Syrian Civil War and rising tensions between the US and South Korea, I had a dream. I can’t remember what the dream was, but I woke up with some of the clearest thoughts I have ever had: we are all Earth people. From that, in my half-asleep brain, I opened my phone’s voice recorder, mumbled what I had to say and turned it into a video (which you can find here).
No matter where you are right now, in this moment, you are human. You bleed and you share a planet with over seven billion other people. We are all Earth people. You are worth as much as every single human being on this lush planet. Whether you are poor, prisoner, rich or royalty. You think, breathe and eventually not even your bones will exist.
Why then do we insist on choosing to ignore ‘other’ peoples problems? In the end, their problems just become ours. A baby crying because she is hungry isn’t really a mothers problem. She can leave it on the metaphorical church steps and with a bit of luck and formula, the baby might survive with somebody else taking care of the baby, and that is the problem.
We are waiting for someone or something to come along and make permanent repairs but all we get is duct tape and a quick puncture fix, when in fact we need a whole new wheel. If we keep going with a punctured wheel, eventually it’s going to burst and we’re going to go head first into someone else. At the very least we’re going to have to call someone to tow us to the nearest garage, thus making our somewhat insignificant problem, someone else’s. That’s all to say, what we believe is someone else’s problem on this earth, it’s going to eventually become our problem. So let’s help people now, show love and gratitude to each other now, help each other instead of insisting on them and us now and closing our minds to the idea we are not able to help, now.
It’s true. Just one person cannot save the world or find a cure for the common cold. I’m very far from suggesting we alone should feel responsible for fixing the world, but we can listen to each other. We can try to empathise. We can raise our consciousness of different experiences after a few minutes of Googling. Together we can make sure people in our local communities are protected and safe. Look around yourself in public spaces and ask yourself who isn’t there and why? Why isn’t their presence being added into the mix? Are we not all Earth people?
A year from now, you will wish you had started today.
This inspiring quote by author Karen Lamb, most known for her biography on Thea Astley*, has been going around in my head ever since I heard it in an Alfie Deyes PointlessBlog video. With recent changes, I can’t stop thinking about it. I wish I had posted the video and written this post when I first made it. Not because I think I have a particularly profound or some unique insight into humanity or what it means to be human. I honestly believe we all know this deep down.
I wish I had posted it because my own way of expressing the same sentiments as many other authors, artists and inspirational people like Martin Luther King, Emmeline Pankhurst and the Vlogbrothers have said, is worth repeating. Perhaps my words may make a difference to people in my own little world. Perhaps one day someone will put these words in just the right order and the world will have an ‘aha’, enlightenment moment, but I think I’ll be long dead before that happens.
The world’s problems are not mine to fix, but they are mine to try to understand and help minimise in any way I can. At the very least, not add to them. They’re yours too.
Over and Out!
If you liked this post, please check out the video here and perhaps give a share? Let me know how you’re helping to reduce world suck or whether I’ve completely lost it in the comments or using #EarthPeople.
*Astley is one of Australia’s most loved and well-known authors.