The subject of this post is inspired by a topic of discussion the the Druid Network members’ message board referred to as “social_dot”. Reading other responses on “social_dot” felt like a clarion call to me to start blogging again.
Following the Brexit vote in the UK I feel that uncertainties and fears have steadily increased. Added to the issues in the UK, where I live, has been the impact of changes in other influential countries in the world. Trump has in his first few days in office as the president of the United States of America made a number of executive orders that are internationally unpopular (to put it mildly). Russia’s parliament has approved changes in legislation that seem to set human rights in that country further and further back. Wars are rife in the Middle East with many other countries across the world involved and yet we still don’t call it a “World War”. And it seems that many countries are choosing to pick on some group or another as the scapegoats for these problems and in doing so become increasingly violent towards that group. I’ve never been so scared of what the future will bring and yet I recognise that I am in a very privileged position compared to all too many people in this country let alone the rest of the world!
So what can I do?
One of the things I think we have to try and do is help each other to listen without becoming overwhelmed with everything that is going on. I doubt that I am the only person I know who is struggling against the desire to “bury their head in the sand” and wait for it to be over. I know I must not do that but I also struggle with figuring out what I can do. I struggle emotionally to believe that my single voice can make any difference and yet intellectually I know that single voices joined together are very powerful.
I am afraid for the future of my country. I’m afraid for the future of other countries in the world, I am afraid for my children’s futures within this often chaotic world of ours. I am afraid I can’t do anything to make a difference and yet also afraid of standing by and not trying. I am afraid of being alone in my fears and even more afraid that all too many of us share the same fears.
What can I do? One person, one voice.
I can raise my voice for others to listen to so they know they are not alone.
I can listen.
I can witness.
I can act, even if only to type a few words on a keyboard, sign a petition or refuse to let my fears overwhelm me.