Around the world today it sometimes seems like there is a tendency to shy away from developed wisdom, generated by great minds who have pondered over many years the lessons from history and creatively engaged with the ideas and discoveries of science and art.
Gosh that’s a mouthful, me at my most verbose!
What I’m saying is that I see:
-so little of the “well-thought out” and so much of the “blurted out”
-so much information, but so little effort made to filter fact from fiction
-so much willingness to accept claims and outright lies if they support one’s world view
-so much of thinking my tiny experiences equal the facts and reality for life, the universe and everything
-so little effort to be open to finding truth, so much instantly believing and sharing the negative
It’s been described by some as the ‘post-truth’ era. If you want to find it just look at:
– the internet and social media
– politicians and politics in general
– people ignoring scientific research or established fact
– politicians telling people to ignore expert opinion
– changing definitions of words so they fit the meaning of my specific hate group.
Perhaps closer to home for many: – people you know who are conspiracy theorists, fear mongers, gossips & bigots.
Obviously a lot of the above is about intention. What is our intention with what we choose to read, to believe and to share with others?
We Are White River aims to focus on the positive. Not because our team is naïve, but because we believe that is how one builds up rather than breaks down community; and because there are enough people fighting the negative fight.
My mood about this all is lightened when I take time to look for – and find- examples of people not being swayed by the stampede to the negative. I am heartened by those leaders who quietly get on with dealing with reality and getting things done, who are focused on improving and not promoting themselves and who are prepared to look at all truth – even if inconvenient.
This coming weekend the 1st Lowveld Book Festival comes to town. This is exciting news and I urge all to get behind the vision and hard work of the organisers. These ideas start small, but can grow into annual events that are of huge benefit to our town.
Books are a fine example of the ‘well thought out’ vs the ‘blurted out’.