“We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.” Winston Churchill
We live in luxury. Not just in place and status, but in time. We live in a world where more people die from obesity than starvation and more perish from suicide than terrorist attacks.
Are we perfect? No.
In creating a safer, better world than our previous generations have we lost touch with what is important? We are comfortable… I am obviously no different as I type away on my MacBook while sipping on a single origin coffee cortado. Mankind set out to make a world that is prosperous and expanding. One that we can shape and mold to our liking and profitability. However, the world is actively and scientifically pushing back. We now are going to have to shape ourselves back to Earth or risk destroying our future.
Throughout history, Man has prided itself on literally moving mountains or engineering the flow of untamable rivers. It is within our psyche to rise to the challenge- To do the impossible. But now the impossible requires a different kind of thinking. We are now having to react to the changes of our surroundings. We must innovate and think through the problems that we have created ourselves. We are our enemy, not mother nature. For instance, coastal cities are under attack from rising sea water. Water literally ebbs and flows through the streets of Miami and within only a few years, can eventually do the same down 5th Avenue. Man must be open to this idea of change and learn how to prosper within it. The more rigid we are the quicker our inevitable doom.
Americans worked hard to create a safe space like the suburbs, away from the crime-ridden cities. In doing so, they have taken their children out of the real world. Kids, and I am one of them, live a comfortable life but once they hit 18 or 22, they are ill-equipped to handle what the actual world will throw at them. By building a comfortable bubble, those in it refuse to venture outside of it, or worse, fear that anything of their reality is an enemy. They refuse to give up that luxury to be uncomfortable- not to be confused with unsafe. Uncomfortable just means getting outside that white picket fence and seeing, experiencing, and engaging with the reality of the world.
We have no excuses. We are living in the world that we created. We did this to ourselves and that is fine, but we must learn how to compromise and communicate with one another effectively in a non hateful, war-like fashion. If one person gains that does not always mean that another loses.
We can all rise together, or risk drowning.