Today was a day of celebration and a day of growing concern for many others as the 7th billionth child was brought into the world. The media labelled it as an honorable milestone while others called for action against world poverty and hunger in the light of continued global economic challenges.
I marked today’s milestone with concern. Not from poverty or hunger but from something just as basic – how do we get along with each other? It’s an obvious fact that as the population grows, less and less will become available to us all. However something we can all find in tremendous abundance (if we work at it) is patience, compassion, compromise, empathy and above all, love. Like no other time, humanity needs to embrace each other and share. We can no longer close our door, pull down the drapes and turn off the lights. In order to survive we need each other.
This growing sentiment is taking many forms today. The Occupy movement is moving across the globe with tremendous speed with their message to “take action against the greed and corruption of the 1%.” The middle easts’ Arab Spring has resulted in civil uprisings causing the fall of regimes.
I mentioned to my wife on the way into work this morning the that world “was ripe for something.” I don’t claim to know what the world needs or what it is ripe for, however, there is a desire for change in our midst and how that change becomes reality will depend on how well we see each other as partners in this greatest challenge.