Photo by Xirui Liu
My heart pumps viciously, temples of doom. My cheeks feel heavy, mind clouded by the evils of our world. In one week we have lost a mother, a friend, an influential figure and countless of forgotten others.
We go about our days focused on our values. “Better take care of yourself”, we say, as we hop in the escalade. We make sure the family is ok so my love is in these presents wrapped under a tree, “gotta take care of the family”, we say. We value our friends for shared interests in music, food and entertainment, “gotta stay connected with the homies”, we say.
We look to our parents for life, living off their paycheck. We spend that money on material things. The things that say “my parents value me”. We value a world that has 100% of its voice coming from 1% of the people.
We value our journeys. We value the things that help us connect. But that’s where our world fails to seek any depth.
A friend of mine must like good food, style and musical taste. They must appreciate the things that I value because if they don’t then they aren’t like me. They don’t share value with me. They don’t value me.
But our problem is we value ourselves on what we were made to believe we should value.
“I’m lovin it”. Tell me is that what you love?
McHappiness for a second and McFat for your life. But in that moment you were happy, so of course it’s love. But love isn’t temporary and that’s what you miss. You can’t love something you may end up hating. I’m not going to do something that will make me hate my health. I will not kill myself to see you succeed and then preach onto others that what you did to me was ok, leaving me with no voice. I’m not loving that.
Because society says with all it’s voice, “read me, listen hear, look at that, and think this”… But never does it say, “feel this, now what’s that?”.
We are trained to think and not create thought. We have fallen asleep, letting corporate America control your dreams.
We value the things that make us who we are, and when we value ourselves in this way we miss the big picture. We miss what our parents have given us since birth or what our teachers and leaders have told us from day one. We are humans and we can love and grow. One of the only species to know that we think, a powerful tool too often forgotten.
We value things. Not life. And I fall into the trap this second as I smack my trident gum.
We are Homo sapiens, a species of thought. But we have let others think for us and it’s time for change. The smallest change can send ripples through society. But we must be conscious, we must come together. And we mustn’t be afraid to talk about the most difficult issues at hand without pointing fingers. We must work together and forgive and grow as a societal whole. Every vote counts right? So why don’t your actions?