This article is an appeal to you. It is a macro view on connection: our connection -- with all else on planet earth. Now, this may sound ethereal to sober corporate workers, or cliche' to those of you who heard similar statements before. But the message will soon become clearer.
As I was preparing this piece, I viewed a controversial documentary on You-Tube, titled Zeitgeist. The various episodes of this documentary focus on a single issue: our current civilization. And that is also the angle from which I would like to approach my macro-view of "from me to we" here.
Here is something to start with: Every 5 seconds, 1 child dies in this world, due to hunger and malnutrition. Every 5 seconds. If you take about 10 minutes to read this, that means that 120 children will have starved to death by then: 120 lives that could have been saved. We speak of interconnectedness, but the question always remains: how much and how deeply do we really care?
It is easy to say: I am just little me -- one entity in a huge world, and not the richest of the bunch either. So why should I be held responsible? But you see, that is what interconnectedness is all about: we are all responsible, because there is a relationship between everything. Our global society has always functioned according to a principle of cause and effect, and will always do so.
Unfortunately, this cause and effect principle has not been implemented very well so far, because:
The problem is deeper than we dare, want, or consider thinking about. It is structural, and it actually would require much more of a change than we are willing to make. One of the things we prefer to ignore is the link between the degree of violence, the overpopulated prisons we have today, and" money! We have come to accept money as a given in our lives, but if we look at the few communities in the world where money is not the ruler, we come to an amazing discovery, which Dr. James Gilligan, Former Director of the Center for the Study of Violence at Harvard Medical School states as follows:
"Violence is not universal. It is not symmetrically distributed throughout the human race. There is huge variation in the amount of violence in different societies. There are some societies that have virtually no violence. There are others that destroy themselves. [".]