Saturday, 19 February 2011 09:42
Have you? Noticed? There is a global movement toward claiming and receiving human dignity. Sure, inherently, social and economic justice is at the root of it all, whether the uprising is in northern Africa, the Middle East or in Wisconsin and other American states.
The absence of the basic human urge to treat others well has a name, whether it is interpersonal or between nations. Who, what nation is unequivocally standing for human dignity? Is Canada? Are you? At work, at home, in a traffic jam or a grocery store line-up? Are you treating others with dignity and presuming and receiving it yourself? It’s not that difficult. It just takes being over the age of about four, and able to think, to identify. The absence of the basic human urge to treat others well has a name – social-psychopathy – whether it is interpersonal or between nations.
Freud warned of this period in human history, as did Fromm, Emerson, the great German leader Bismarck, Marx, Galbraith, Kissinger and, more than people know, John F. Kennedy. The bottom line? It’s here, and every action we take, even the thoughts we entertain add to the global, energetic (emotional) ecology.
Notice. It’s one thing you can do.
photo: Andrea Bruce NYT