We are an outward expression of our values,
moral compasses navigating circumstance,
life experience refining understanding,
enhancing behaviour – our outward expression:
our values manifest in our reputation.
A few billion individuals roam Earth,
each with a unique value set – truly diverse
lives and cultures – recognising and valuing
behaviour in different degrees, based on
perceived value and personal contribution.
Putting self’s needs subsidiary to the whole
community, to other people, relies on
compassion and patience – an ability to
contribute wholly to the common good,
to act with the future in mind enhances lives.
Conversely, living for today, in denial
of tomorrow’s needs, with flagrant disregard
for the common good, our impact on each other
and putting self first, at everyone’s expense
degrades the experience of communities.
Justifiably, folk exhibiting the first
set become celebrated, appreciated
role models, knitting culture together,
ensuring perpetuation off their good will
as folk emulate their idols in earned respect.
Selfish traits create communities where neighbour
cannot trust neighbour, hierarchies built on fear,
forcing skewed, cut-throat values where each must fight each,
through necessity, in trust’s absence, each fighting
for advantage – or a meagre shadow-existence.
Obviously, our judgement indicates beyond
doubt the consequences of both value sets,
which creates the stronger communities, bonding
folk in common benefit, supporting future
security in trusted inter-dependence.
Humanity as a whole displays the second
set, scrambling for advantage – proactively
ensuring the disadvantage of all rivals,
rather than building the bridges of trust, rather
than securing Earth’s future – not the status quo.
Our world is such that if we don’t join the bun-fight,
we will lose by default – fought out by others who
seek advantage – and we’re cognisant of this state;
we actively encourage our leaders to fight
the shadows – our paranoia beating our sense.
Perhaps we won’t blow ourselves off our shared planet,
but we are killing the place – quicker now, rather
than by degrees – once Earth’s riches are gone, they’re gone –
grandchildren will not admire species, wilderness,
clean oceans – we know what we’re doing, we don’t care.
History is watching, and will know us as self
centric communities bent on self destruction,
standing by as Mother Earth – we’re all indigenous –
dies at our hand, in pursuit of economic
growth and security – we’re just not safe from us.