Your life is what you make of it…provided there’s opportunity. Freedom is the ability to choose freely from the possibilities, not necessarily do anything, but responsibly taking what’s available as long as it doesn’t diminish the lives of others. Fairly simple and straightforward? Why does humanity continue to struggle with this formula?
My current visit to Romania has brought all of these questions to light for me. The shadow of the half century of communism lingers across the generations captured by its effects. It’s not as easy as lifting the curtain to expose the opportunity. It takes many generations to accumulate the context of liberal democracy with the transformative benefits of capitalism to raise the possibilities for everyone. More than anything it’s re-enforced the social issues of the United States and our struggle to overcome the pitfalls of generations struggling with each other to improve the system.
Deep at the core of this human condition lies it’s roots of potential equality distorted by the divergence of unequal opportunity. Every single generation widens the lens for their space in our evolution, but narrows its focus down to its lack of true relevance as that generation expires. Somehow we continually fail to effectively accelerate the adaptation to the rate of change for every generation alive at a given moment in time.
Rather than lift people upward, we destroy their imagination of hope suggesting they try harder. Social complexity grows much faster than our understanding of how we all fit together. It feels like we all focus so much on how we arrived losing sight of what’s ahead. The next three decades will determine the fate of our entire species. I’ve decided to be engaged in that process, ignoring the inability of those around me to participate. This will be my final commentary about the generalities of our social failures. The remainder of my documentation will surround my engagement of saving our existence.