With each step we take in our lives there comes the task of choosing how we understand it all. This perception is vital to both the health of the individual and society. In addition to our perception we often forget about reality. We understand our perception as the only reality. We confuse our perception as reality. This confusion sparks chaos in our minds, which can and does lead to violence. In reality very few people enjoy being personally involved in the chaos and insanity of violent war. Of course that understanding relies on the premise that people are ultimately peaceful.
Most wars taking place right now are being fought because both sides are seeking different paths to peace. Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Columbia, Guatemala, and the RUSA engages in violent conflict to bring peace. Such a reality leaves us with a situation where we live in the oxymoron of;
“Beatings will continue until peace is obtained”
Throughout the world we are seeing the youth stand up to ask the leaders of their countries to be more inclusive. Youth all over the world have been saying that the way politicians and leaders have been operating is broken. This perception of broken leadership seems to support Thomas Hobbes with his description towards the state of nature, “life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short". This was certainly the case for Mohamed Bouazizi.
Hobbes state of nature may also held as reality within the Occupy Movement where one percent of the world controls the other ninety nine, we are all slaves to the one percent. Greece has been thrown into chaos. Many other European countries are teetering on the edge.
How each of us understands the world is the root of the current state of being. We can implement any system we want. What will never cease is the absolute need for each of us to communicate our perceptions in a peaceful manner. If that peaceful understanding existed in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt none would have gone down the path they did and continue to go down. Yet here we are.
The recent history of people asking for inclusion has made an impact. Going back to the protests of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, protests during the late 90’s early 2000 in Australia, France, Canada and RUSA, there have been major battles to have a more inclusive communication strategy.
The funny part of all these battles, when times are good we are guilty of dereliction of duty. Governing peacefully is a constant and encompassing responsibility. There is no more important item in society than ensuring the peaceful discourse of societal inclusion and communication. The squeaky wheel may always get the grease but it is the silent rusting frame that suddenly explodes which causes the greatest damage.
It was the seething rust that brought the economic crisis. It was the silent exclusion of the poor that sent Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and the Occupy Movement into protests. Each of these situations points to the need for leaders to find ways to have these silent voices made more noticeable. On the reverse side, it is the responsibility of the people to be actively engaged in the decision process of society as well. Tantamount to those two needs is the mutual respect to continue with open communications that build positive relations. Otherwise we will get more violent chaos as both sides seek a peaceful society.