Today is Blog Action Day. A day when thousands of bloggers from around the world blog around a central theme in the hopes of inspiring thought and creating a collective consciousness.
This year's theme is The Power of "We"
There are many ways to interpret this theme, what it has brought up for me is getting back to the basics of human understanding. Why is it that individuals so often stay apart and separate? Why do we isolate ourselves and focus on division, differences? The further away we have moved from our communal struggle for survival has brought us to where we are today: drawing imaginary lines on land, putting up fences and signs to keep others out, closing our blinds so no one can see into our home, hiding secrets and pain from our loved ones...
All the while when doing this we feel bad. It doesn't make one feel nice to push others out constantly. So to compensate we watch tv and spend our time on social media. Instead of talking face to face we text and post on Facebook. But don't worry I'm not here to bash the internet or condemn the media. All I'm talking about here is the ability to form connections.
What we have lost in being where we are today is the ability to hold ourselves and others accountable for focusing on division and isolation. Strangers can attack others in horrible and degrading ways when they remove themselves from a sense of "we" It's easier to lash out when you don't have to look someone in the eye as you are putting them down. The shadow side of social media is that this happens, although I think it has always happened with gossip and the like. Social media magnifies the problem, makes harassment illusive and anonymous. No better example of this can be found than Amanda Todd's story. This young woman was harassed and manipulated by an anonymous internet lurker who blackmailed her and circulated a video of her. Then he sent this video to peers who ridiculed her and drove her into depression. How one man manipulated countless teenagers to torment this girl which then pushed her to suicide is beyond me.
Our power, the power of caring, real people is to stop predators from finding our children.
We can protect our kids. We can stand up against bullying, and force accountability from those around us.
400 people worldwide have sent the RCMP information regarding this crime. Adolescence is a tough time of life. Trying to figure out who you are, trying to make it through...human contact, real people connecting on a personal and deep level is the only thing that bolsters the spirit against the isolationism of our society.
If someone can back you into a corner alone it is far easier to attack you on any level.
If you are surrounded by love; strong people of character, people from different age groups and backgrounds you are lifted up. Strength in numbers, support from the power of "we".
Our power is to link together and connect to each other.
Our power is to care for those around us as we would our own self or our own children.
Our power is to seek solutions and hold each other accountable for actions that do not support the nurturing of humanity.
And perhaps most deceptive of all is that our power is to see through the manipulations of outside factions that may be trying to use our fear and self-doubt to control us to their ends. Somewhere inside those factions are people who need to connect to their own humanity, their own inner truths. When they do they will no longer be able to target others because they will feel its wrongness and if they can't see their wrong doing we will be there to show them their errors. We will hold them accountable.
That is the power of "we."