Our aspiration for a better world

Posted on August 21, 2011

We all hold somewhere in our mind an image of what we would like to be or could be if we were empowered to be who we really are and do what we truly aspire to. Then because we live in the world, this vision of an ‘ideal’ or truer self is accompanied by a vision of what this world ‘could’ be and what a better, great or possible future would look like.

Those images, often subconscious, are the foundation of our effort to achieve and contribute to the world around us. They may not be vivid and detailed visions but they are, at least, the silent aspiration within the heart of every human being for a life of peace, comfort, respect and happiness.

This aspiration is an inner and spontaneous movement of hope which truly motivates our endeavour to improve our lot. It sustains our determination to be and remain free, moral and sharing individuals. It is often very alive in young people but later tends to disappear in adulthood, buried under the weight of responsibilities, memories and experience when ‘I know’ replaces ‘I could’, when cynicism silently kills love and creativity and when life limiting beliefs settle as the norm in our consciousness.

Unless they have been suppressed by fear or corrupted by the repeated exposure to immorality, selfishness or violence either through real life experiences or electronic medias, most people seem to be intrinsically driven by the motivation to do well and grow toward the realization of what they consider as a ‘right’, ‘good’ or ‘ideal’ future.

They wish to live in a world in which we have the right to be who we are, where schools are places of discovery, learning and fun, where individuals are respected and appreciated for their unique talents, and can freely access resource to express them, where nature is friendly and abundant, where relationship are fulfilling, work an expression of love and care for others and where communities are supportive, caring and behave like families.

Yet, the world in which we live today does not reflect this dream of peace, happiness, respect and contentment we are seeking. It even seems that the way in which we attempt to achieve those goals generates a host of undesirable side effects which end up defeating the very purpose of our original good intention and frustrating us from the fruits we were expecting to reap.