I was intrigued by a number of headlines yesterday that expressed how connected we truly are. Ones like, “Trump’s Election Encourages the European Right,” which went on to describe the desire of some to upend the global “world order.”
I pondered this for a while. Can we really step away from something that has developed over so many years? Technology, corporate ownership, citizenship, travel and just about everything else I can think of has gone global. Even the choice of leaders impacts everybody, regardless of where you or I live.
A couple of examples that have me especially concerned are:
*Trump and the Paris Agreement
*How trade and alliances will be changed
If there is one thing I have learned as I follow the news on global warming, it is that my actions here in my little home town affects the whole world, even if I refuse to recognize that.
My bottom line: We are citizens and patriots of our own nations; we are citizens and patriots of the world. We “common folk” need to stand up and do our part wherever and whenever possible. We may not be allowed to say much, but we can walk or take public transit instead of driving, use less electricity and recycle. We can find small ways to empower each other: A kind word, sharing resources, refusing to join in tearing down.
I have not felt all that effective or strong in addressing national issues and candidates. That all seems a bit overwhelming to me.
Working on a local level, however, is well within my reach. One thing I will do more of is to facilitate stronger relationships in my neighborhood. I firmly believe that we need to know and help each other.
What choices and actions are in reach for you? What do you do to improve life in our global community, even if it seems small and insignificant?
Let’s join together, fellow patriots of Planet Earth; let’s empower, help, encourage and cheer each other on.