As I close my eyes and drift away to a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
The truth is that I was taking the time to think about my previous thoughts. Particularly about the idea that pertains to the environment, and how social meanings or constructions affect how we also construe meanings about the environment we live in, and how our choices, decisions, or even our attitude, is affected by the environment. The key is to not allow the environment to affect your own attitude, development or growth through negativity. However, the interactions that we are faced with on a daily level, also affect our decisions.
We have already established that indeed our social meanings are attached to the environment. These are also social meanings and constructions attached to human beings. If we were to hope that the social constructions don't affect our attitudes or a behaviour through a negative lens, then we must also consider how our interactions with others, through our environment will affect our choices and social attitudes. For humans to flourish I think that we must see past constructions, because of course when all is said and done, we are all human beings, simply seeking a survival. It does sound simple. Sometimes we must go back to this simple level, because we become perplexed, there is too much of everything. Simplicity allows us once again to think of our human essence. Whilst saying this we have to remember that what we believe, adhere, abide to are a part of who we are, our own social constructions.
If we find people of difference, we should use this as an opportunity to know the other. In a sense to build human bridges. These could be to learn more about topics, and even better our own understandings or prejudice, and stereotypes that are held. These could also be opportunities to enact diplomacy. For example: If we see others who have pledged allegiance to a specific nation, or hold a particular political view, this should be viewed as a mechanism to yield soft power, and build diplomacy. It should not be viewed to change others to be as you decree, but rather to inspire, and once again to be viewed as an opportunity to build human bridges.
To build human bridges takes investments and effort, and one can say that it is easier to build a physical human bridge. Human bridges take the work of many voices, who are willing to hear, listen, and allow opposing views to be placed out in the open. If we simply remain quiet, and silent about something that deserves attention, then we ourselves are contributing to the social ignorance. It is easy to tell people, and be proud because we have some certain initials, qualifications, or credentials attached to our name, but with these arrives a responsibility. What are we going to do with the knowledge that we have? How are we going to make the world a better place for others? Knowledge is a social currency. However, our social positioning and our responsibility may vary according to social, political, or economic factors, but that does not mean to say that no one can't do anything. Everyone can do something.
And it is with these words I return to my human essence, and give thanks to this pen in my hand as it scribbles, and be thankful for our readership - with the hopes of being able to one day, contribute more - God Permitting.
Dedication: These thoughts are dedicated to all human beings, may we always see through the lens of love. Sending love & kindness! :)