Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The End of Neutral

We’re in a heat wave in San Francisco and I’d be less than honest if I didn’t confess that I’m worried. It’s not just that the air is hot, but the quality of the sun’s heat on the skin feels markedly different than what I remember about heat. As if the ozone layer is getting thinner. Hmm. There’s a novel thought. 

I passed a billboard that read:

______  Evolve

_______ Perish

Pick one. Because there is no more neutral. All the folks who have glibly said, “I’m just not that into politics.” Or “Climate change? Black lives matter? Impeachment? Whatever. It doesn’t affect me.” Well, dream on. Especially the first. That means there is no “pass” as we hand around the talking stick to find out where each person stands. And if you’re sticking with “business as usual,” you’ve just ticked off “Perish.” 

May I recommend “Evolve?” Be a co-creator in the new needed narratives that highlight care, compassion, kindness, sustainability, simplicity, love, beauty and dismantle the old stories of hatred, ignorance, greed, selfishness, one-upmanship, short-sightedness and so on. It’s really not that hard and the rewards have always been great. However, up until now, it has seemed optional to feed your better self. No more. 

Which one will you check?

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