So here I am again, sticking my foot into the water. My thoughts this week have been on bravery, fear, and Doing the Right Thing™. So much of my life has been driven by fear—of humiliation, of being wrong, of being hurt or yelled at or embarrassed. I am 45 years old, and I have come very far in my personal growth.
And yet, I am still afraid of things. I fear not being liked, being abandoned or hated, and often theses fears will still my tongue when I should be shouting from the rooftops.
I make this pledge today: I will speak my mind and speak my truth when and where I deem it appropriate. I will listen respectfully to the words of my detractors, taking constructive criticism where offered and rejecting hatefulness and vitriol for its own sake. These are useless poisons I will no longer take into my body.
My wife and I are living examples of survival—both of us suffered indignity, ostracization, and verbal abuse growing up. We both learned to keep our heads down, to lower our spirits for fear of becoming a target.
Every day, no matter how far I come, that instinct is still there, The Fatal Cringe, the beaten dog reaction, the bent head and whimpering soul. And every day I fight it.
Every one of us has a voice, a purpose and a vision. So many of us, unfortunately, have been beaten into submission by society at large—through school, church, social groups.
We are taught not only to fear our voices, but to hate them. We are taught, through nasty, unnecessary cruelty, that we are not important. That we are not worthy to speak our truth.
Here is my truth, for the world to see.
We are at a crossroads in human civilization. We can no longer live the way we have, through greed and anger and fear. We are killing ourselves and our planet, along with countless innocent species who share this planet with us.
The time has come for us to evolve. We must become a race of heroes. We must become a race of angels. We no longer have the luxury of Us and Them; the world is too small, and resources are too precious.
We are all in this thing together, and time is running out.
I will speak my truth and I will listen to yours. I will do what I think is best, and I will work my ass off to make this world a better place.
A Race of Angels
So here is my plan. I’m going to write at least twice a week on this blog. I’m going to share it everywhere I can, and my readers are going to share it too. I’m going to shine a light on things that need fixing, and places where we as humans can make things better. I’m going to elevate to the best of my ability those places where humans are doing great things, noble things, elegant things towards the betterment of life on Earth.
I am going to shine the light as far and as deep as I can in my attempt to wake up my fellow humans. We can no longer be content to be passive observers in this world.
If you read this, please comment. Please let me know you hear what I am saying. Give me some ideas of how you and others are improving this planet.
Right or left, religious or atheist, white, brown, gay, straight, old or young—we are ALL in this together. I will not be silenced, and I will not go to my grave knowing I didn’t at least try.
Find your soapbox, Dear Reader. Find a topic you are passionate about, and speak up. Do not be silent in your own life. Join me in my quest.
We are the human race, and we have a responsibility—to our children, to our ancestors, and to our gods (if we have them)—to evolve, to grow, and to prosper.