The world is fractured. Always has been. We don’t need examples of dysfunctional world leaders, or humans murdering each other or poverty or even pain caused by each other to know this. It’s been like this as long as we’ve known it. Our ancestors tell us so.
The world is also One. And what binds us is how we unite. How we love each other. How we remove the things that get in the way of us connecting. Like religion, race, political persuasion, addiction and even as simple as a difference of opinion.
We’ve seen New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern inspire a national to unite when it could have easily fractured. And the ripple effect for Australia has been the people of Australia stepping up and saying; “Enough!”. Enough us and them. No more. No more one culture, or race, or religion, being better than another. Teenagers are egging us on to take a new turn, literally. Children do speeches in the UN begging world leaders to put down the gloves and pick up understanding.
One thing we do way to easily is blame. Blame is easy and it’s ugly. It’s like a cancer slowly eating away at our core.
And this has become our norm. For as long as I can remember. Our country’s modus operandi. We watch it on our TV every day. Our politicians coming together most mornings to swing the bat, get personal and officious. Attacks become cheered. Passive aggressive and aggressive has become a measure of leadership strength.
We know it’s a hard gig. We understand it’s deeply complex. Always has been. Always will be. But there’s a different way. A better way. We know this to be true.
Enough sledging and slandering.
Enough name calling and show tactics.
Let’s not blame. Let’s understand.
Let’s inspire the people you lead by treating each other with respect.
It doesn’t mean agreement. It means less aggression.
Conflict is inevitable. Combat is optional.
Let’s take a stand and say; Enough!
More blame won’t render prosperity. More slander won’t drive growth. It’s like blowing air into a fire. It will only get larger. It’s not just about religion or race. It’s bigger than that.
And It starts with us. It starts at home, at work, at the supermarket, in a queue, in the car.
It starts with me choosing to own my reactions to others. Like when a colleague tells me ‘I am wrong’ or someone who subscribes to my blogs tells me they can’t stand reading them because my grammar really irritates them. I’m an Author… Ouch! Or last week when the car in front of me cuts me off. He doesn’t know me. It’s not personal. So why do I make it that way?
How people treat you is a measure of their character.
How you respond is a measure of yours.
We can’t always get it right. In fact, we barely will. But we can keep trying.
Let’s metaphorically take off our angry pants and put on some grace. Let’s say… ‘Hey, we want a different way.’ And to our leaders, in general and particularly when you are on show; Enough! We don’t want to be represented this way anymore. We don’t want you to treat each other with such disrespect and dishonour. It’s not ok. It’s not progressing our country and our needs.
We don’t care if you’re a Front or Back Bencher, a Liberal or Labour, a Green or Purple, a One Nation or a Ten. We are just done. Done with watching you harm each other and our reputation and our country. It’s not who we are. Well the masses anyway. We don’t need a tragedy to start uniting. We just need one person to say Enough! And then one more, and one more and one more. Coz quite frankly, it’s just un Australian. And we’re better than that. I can’t speak for others but here’s what I care about.
I care less about who sleeps with who. I care more about those that have no where to sleep. I care less about another education policy. I care more that our next generation are uninspired at school. I care less about who is to blame. I care deeply about how we can fix it.
Let’s change the conversations and how we have them. I know it’s bigger than the Senate but it has to start somewhere. So why not here?
An invitation to anyone who this might resonate with this. Let’s respond in grace. Let’s not do what we don’t like. Let’s not build resentment, or name call, or point the finger. Then we are no longer One. We are no longer in it together. If we want to be One. It starts with understanding that we all have a role to play.
Stand with me.