The Root cause of our problems?
Writing a blog post in between watching my son play Rugby! Ah! multi-tasking!
But reading people's posts, reading about xenophobia, watching parent's on the side-lines, and witnessing the truly awful standard of driving of people in Cape Town in the rain. Is there a common thread? There was a great documentary on British TV called "The Root of All Evil?" which looked at religions. I think (while very thought provoking) the producers missed the point.
We are all too selfish. Too self-centered. We drive without courtesy to other road users. We don't want outsiders to take our jobs. We want our sons to be the try-scorer. We ignore others around us, happily standing, blocking other people's views. It can become really serious. We kill foreigners if they dare to steal our jobs. We fly planes into "the enemy's" buildings if their belief in a supernatural being is different to ours.
We complain when the fuel price rises due to the personal negative effect it has. We moan when interest rates mean that we will have less cash in our can pockets. We rarely give thought to others.
I think if we were all less selfish and more accommodating of others then the world would be a happier, safer place for us all. Drive considerately; let people out of side roads, pull over for the ambulance, stop rubber-necking at. other people's misfortune. Applaud the opposition team when they play better than our team. Encourage all the children to enjoy the experience (which is the point of school sport). Welcome refugees into our country, recognizing the dire situations that they are fleeing from. Have a thought for the very poorest of our society, who are struggling to survive and afford paraffin for their stoves. Recognize that increased interest rates are hopefully in place lo make our economy stronger for us all in the future. Allow, and accept, that almost everyone else in the world has a different view or belief in a supernatural being, & nothing are will do will change that. Support organisations, like Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch who are trying to make a real difference. offer a supportive hand to thoseless fortunate than ourselves. Stop being so selfish!