Perceptions

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If we watch the news broadcasts regularly we may be inclined to see the world in a very negative light. It would appear there are not very many good people in the world; that there are only corrupt politicians. With a steady diet of this type of reporting indeed a negative image is formed in much of the world – of the world.

Think of the images that come to mind when thinking of places like the Middle East, Africa or parts of Asia. All of these are prejudiced by a received knowledge either through society or the media. Our perception is conditioned on this and the formation is learned not innate. There are times of course when there are incidents and these are accurate when properly reported with supporting information and a continued updated report that indicates the current reality. The problem with information reporting today is the constant need for “new” news so the older stories are not reviewed with an update. Have things remained the same? Is the war or famine over?

Just as these perceptions are learned so too hate and prejudice in general. It is up to each of us to confront these issues and to make changes. It begins with each of us. What we replace it with should be love and understanding. If we remove hate and fear we do not, should not, remain neutral but be more inclined to seek an answer before judging anything or anyone.

Love should reign in the world so long filled with rage and war. Love will triumph, but only if we let it.

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Leadership

This then applies not simply to military, politics and business, but also to areas such as Church leadership and social organizations, schools/universities and many other areas of public life. In business we see effective leaders rise with a company and the evidence is often the financial success of the company. The great business leader not only seeks personal gain but the profitability of the company as well as the security of the employees working there.

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Connecting

Social Media grows at an incredible rate. And the people who are members search for connections to a community, a community of their making in a sense. What was at one time a community limited to geography; perhaps of distance by letter or telephone. Now this community has been extended to a global community.

“Only connect! … Live in fragments no longer.” – a rather truncated quotation of E.M. Forster, but something that denotes the reason our society wishes to drop the distances between each other and be a society together; even one that might have raging disagreements internally over vast distances.

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Keeping The Peace

There will always be times when we don’t agree…with something or someone, perhaps you and me, or us and another. It may even frequently happen that we don’t agree. How many times have you heard someone in person or in the media speaking about a topic and been enraged by what was said? What is key to this, is both knowing what we believe to be true in the argument, but also to have a sense of serenity through the whole event.

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