In the past few decades, certain words and beliefs have been hijacked. And many feel lost and disconnected from a greater purpose. Remember when we were told that this was the “Me Me Me” era? Well, it seems that many of us have forgotten that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves.
It’s no wonder that we’re feeling a bit lost right now. Giving back, for example, instructs us that we took something and now we must return it. How did we lose sight of the natural flow of give and take? And why is receiving now associated with a fear of being controlled, overwhelmed, or smothered?
How did we get to a point where giving comprises tax write-offs in a world where philanthropists are the new celebrities? We’ve constructed a world where, when our governments fail, philanthropists step in to save us from ourselves by offering up sizable donations—at which point, we further celebrate their generosity. After all, too often we forget that we made them billionaires by consuming their brands.
Their philanthropy legitimize them as our heroes, which takes the focus away from scrutinizing their practices and whether they’re truly healthy for the world. Why should we believe that a billionaire’s “charity” reflects what is needed most by the vast majority of humanity? Why doesn’t every mother, anywhere in the world, simply have access to safe birthing facilities and support? When we will understand that no one outside ourselves can save us?
What We Think, We Become
Can we create a hijack-free zone, where we can simply share and give without the expectation of recognition or reward? What if this whole division between for-profit and non-profit has also been hijacked?
And should we not create healthy systems where we don’t refer to people as the “haves” and “have nots.” And distinguish between first and third world countries? There is something foundationally flawed in our existing systems and a reason why they are collapsing.
Can we create a world where purpose is not hijacked by external forces, where giving is done with pure intentions, and where financial struggles are not a barrier?
When we’re in our natural element, we can breathe and see the programming and beliefs that have been planted in our minds about how life should be. But what if we become aware that it’s time to find alignment within ourselves and listen and question when we need to?