When younger, I had a hard time looking up to society, even today these stages are present. Growing up, I was taught to participate in making society a better place, but I saw the world as a cruel, self destructive place. Still today, I wonder at our senators, our world leaders, at you, at me. What did I want from the American dream? What did I want from society? Nothing. What did I want to give? Everything, but without a schedule, without having to sacrifice spending time with nature, and with the ones I love, for something else.
Today, it’s more the regular happy balance that becomes the civilized. Accepting the known sacrifices of having a career are a part of attaining the lifestyle we want for our families. Sooner or later, during this process and in the relationship with social structures, pondering our social relationship with others, our personal relationship with the world, and our connection to our nation’s ideals and actions are evident.
Accepting the difference between my ideal lifestyle and what I can build for myself within society means accepting other people’s customs as well as my own. The American Dream with a redefined emphasis placed on integration and social support rather than consumer based lifestyle are paradigm changers. Not only does this take the focus off performance based living, but promotes the quality of living. Quality living is the goal, and it doesn’t have to be an economical change. It is an individual change that each on their own decide on a perspective, and to our cohesion with the acceptance of others builds a stronger community.
It’s exciting to give respect to everyone because everyone deserves it. They are human. It’s the only humane thing to do. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you have done, how you view others, or what your future will hold. It is about having a deeper love and reverence for life. If we change the attitudes of our hearts, in our families, social environments naturally follow suite.
My responsibility to society as a participate of urban culture increases in a forceful wave of gratitude and desire to give, to do something for someone. And so we do these things, all of us when we feel them, and we have all been doing this since the beginning of time. Yet, woman are still socially gender oppressed, racial discrimination and unjustly incriminating innocent people, the endless corruption in our government, endless corruption of capital greed. We are still in barbaric times. We treat one another poorly. How does change happen, how does it sweep through a nation. Each individual changes on their own. How does one person make a difference. That one person changes. That one voice becomes a flood, a rush of wind, turning social dynamics. Things change. The times change.
I want everything from society now. I look up to everyone. I still take time to disappear and roam free and then come back to love the struggle in my daily routine. I want to see our nation fight for the purposes we all believe, equality, advocating for one another, looking out for each other’s well-being, supporting the people. To think innovatively, like never before in each our own units, making a difference by who we are with others.
People do make the changes that impact the larger connection between us all. The little people are not little, and all the little voices are in a very loud and new conversation about social dynamics and cultural awareness demanding more, as we should. Everyone deserves more. The more we verbalize our values and take bigger risks to contribute to a progressive culture and a nation we believe then we can be proud.
Photos by Kate