A World Awry

Something is wrong with our world. Something is very, very wrong.

We humans have become a scourge, not only upon our planet, but also upon ourselves. And unless something is done to change it, this world won't be the kind of place any of us want to live in. If we even can.

The worst of what we are is coming to the surface for all to see.

Greed and corruption have poisoned our political and economic systems.  They've done irreparable harm to our environment as well.

Between their runaway pursuit of profit and an unquenchable thirst for power, governments and business alike watch our every move and tighten their grip on our wallets and throats.

It doesn't stop there, however. Our divisions are expanding, too. Polarized extremes are at war everywhere, each fighting to impose its will upon the other along with all who get in their way. And their conflicts are growing louder and lounder, threatening to drag us all into them.

Fear, hatred and prejudice fan the flames of separation to keep us apart.

Unable or unwilling to open up and connect, we withdraw within our boundaries and raise our defenses lest we suffer at the hands of another. And sometimes allow them to madden us into doing harm in the name of what we think is good.

In our daily affairs, we are little better. Conflict in one form or another is a way of life, at work as well as at home. It's not just with others, either. It's within ourselves, too, eating away at our character and eroding our inner values.

No wonder so many feel that peace is just a pipe dream and throw their hands up in frustration, or maybe surrender.

But it doesn't have to be this way . . .