“If it’s worse, it’s a sign it’s nearly over” declared the unknowingly wise Eliza Dolittle. Of course, she was talking about a thunderstorm and is a character of fiction, but the spirit of the statement is true.
The state of the world right now is in massive disarray. This is not much different from any other period of human existence, truly, but this moment is particularly important because as a species we are evolving. We are moving from carnal beings dominated by survival instincts to a compassionate species caring for the connection of the Universe.
Sound like a load of nonsense? Have a look at the call for change happening in the world. Voices are rising to demand compassion towards our fellow humans, our earth and ourselves. There is a call to connect.
Women in the World in association with The New York Times is bringing together “world leaders, industry icons, movie stars, and CEOs [to] convene with artists, rebels, peacemakers and activists to tell their stories and share their plans of action” (Susy Jackson). The Women in the World summit held in New York City this year saw Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Diane von Furstenberg, Frieda Pinto, Barbra Streisand, Helen Mirren, Tina Brown and many others speaking for change. Watch Hillary Clinton’s keynote address at the 2015 New York summit and watch more moments from the summit on their youtube channel.
Humans are sharing at a global level. Organizations like StoryCorps, the largest recorded oral history project to date, are committed to recording, sharing and preserving stories of our lives as humans to “…to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people” (“Mission”). StoryCorps’ featured animated story recounts the injustice of police brutality towards a nineteen year old boy.
Humans are declaring that the way we currently act towards one another is not appropriate. We are calling for change; we are evolving into compassion. We are connecting. And if the crimes and cruelty of the world seem overwhelming just remember, “If it’s worse, it’s a sign it’s nearly over”.
Need help or consultation with global or personal changes? Reach out. Connect. Here are some resources to expand your mind to begin connecting and living with compassion:
Trews by Russell Brand, a youtube channel giving us a different viewpoint on world news.
Brain Pickings by Maria Popova is a captivating blog that is “an inquiry into how to live and what it means to lead a good life”.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, an organization working towards the fair treatment of animals
One Green Planet, an online resource to making conscious and compassionate choices
GreenPeace, an organization to expose environmental problems and promote sustainable solutions
Which organizations would you add to this list that help you live a compassionate and connected life?