1. The World is Coming to an End
The world is coming to an end.
The air is polluted, the oceans contaminated.
The animals are going extinct, the economy's collapsing.
Education is shot.
Police are corrupt.
Intelligence is shunned, and ignorance rewarded.
The people are depressed and angry.
We can't live with each other and we can't live with ourselves so everyone's medicated.
We pass each other on the streets and if we do speak it's meaningless, robotic.
More people want 15 seconds of fame than a life time of meaning and purpose because,
What's popular is more important than what's right.
Ratings are more important than the truth.
Our government builds twice as many prisons than schools.
It's easier to find a Big Mac than an apple and when you find that apple it's been genetically processed and modified.
Politicians trick us.
Race is still an issue.
And so is religion.
"Your god doesn't exist, my god does and he is all loving."
"If you disagree with me I will kill you."
"Or even worse, argue you to death."
92% of songs on the radio are about sex.
Kids don't play tag, they play twerk videos.
The average person watches 5 hours of television a day.
And there's more violence on the screen than ever before.
Technology is giving us everything we could ever want.
But at the same time, stolen everything we really need.
Pride is at an all time high.
Humility at an all time low.
Everybody knows everything, is going somewhere.
Ignoring someone, blaming somebody.
Not many human beings left any more.
A lot of human doings.
Plenty of human lingerings in the past, not really any human beings.
Money is still the root of our evil.
Yet we tell our kids, "Don't get at degree, the jobs don't pay enough."
Good deeds are only done when there's a profit margin.
Videos of the misfortunes of others go viral.
We laugh and we share them with our friends to laugh with us.
Our role models today 60 years ago would be examples of what not to be.
There are states where people can legally be discriminated against because they were born a certain way.
Companies invest millions dollars hiring specialists to make little girls feel like they need make up to be beautiful, permanently lowering their self-esteem because they will never be pretty enough to meet those impossible standards.
Corporations always tell us, buy, buy, buy.
You must keep up.
You must fit in!
This will make you happy.
It never does for long.
So what can we do in the face of all this madness and chaos?
What is the solution?
We can love.
Not the love you hear in your favourite song you hear on the radio.
I mean real love, true love, boundless love.
You can love each other from the moment we wake up till the moment we go to bed.
Perform an act of kindness because that is contagious.
We can be mindful during every interaction.
Planting seeds of goodness.
Showing a little more compassion than usual.
We can forgive because 300 years from now, with that grudge you hold against your friend, your mother, your father has been worth it?
Instead of trying to change others, we can change ourselves, change our hearts.
We've been sold lies, brainwashed by our leaders and those we trust and not recognise our brothers and sisters to exhibit anger, hatred and cruelty.
But once we truly love, we will meet anger with sympathy,
Hatred with compassion,
And cruelty with kindness.
Love is the most powerful weapon on the face of the earth.
Robert Kennedy once said,
"Few will have the greatness to be in history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events and in the total of all those acts will be writing history of a generation."
So yes, the world is coming to an end, and the path to a new beginning starts