Meanness to others.
Shallowness, because we want to fit in, to be popular, to be in the crowd. This behaviour has to be learned.
We can choose as a human race to teach ourselves to live a deeper, richer life. To unlearn the mean society we have collectively created and allowed.
We could choose to be kind, be compassionate, be giving, be empathetic and be loving.
Think, say and do only good things.
After all, none of us like to be on the receiving end of shallow self-centred behaviour.
We can all choose to be strong and be the change we want to see.
Don’t fit in.
It takes courage but the world needs all of us to be part of the change, to do our bit.
We don’t have to be fearful of setting boundaries, being the person we really are, having the courage to be different. If we are brave and be ourselves, then the right people will be attracted to us and it will inspire others to follow.
No good waiting for others and no good being shallow just to fit in.
Who’s in for living a deeper life?
100’s of years ago before the mechanisation that the industrialised world brought to the human race, we were involved in work, art, music, or writing that involved craft.
We wrote letters with a quill dipped in ink on a scroll. We spent our time crafting beautiful letters.
We shaped wood into amazing things, we hammered iron into all manner of items, we made and created things with our hands, often made with joy and intimate knowledge and skill of how to.
Whatever we did it mainly involved concentration and often deep work with passion and feeling. It had a meaning.
In our world of email, social media, and instant gratification, we are desperately short of doing anything of meaning, substance and passion.
In order to fulfil ourselves and gain meaning to our existence, we need to add craft to whatever we are doing.
That requires attention and the removal of distraction. It needs us to learn focus and forget the shallow pings of the insubstantial world we have created.
Craft something remarkable and enjoy every moment.
There is a brilliant quote ‘we who cut mere stones must always be envisioning cathedrals’. We must envision something deeper rather than simply be adding yet another piece of digital content to the vast digital dustbin of much of the internet.
There is more.