Ukraine and the pandemic has taught us that we live in an interconnected world. It started with the pandemic. Global supply chains faltered, inflation soared and the interconnectedness of the world was on display. There is no place to hide anymore. Isolation is no longer an option, because we are all interconnected. We believed that what happens in another part of the world wouldn’t really impact us, that we could isolate ourselves. The pandemic was the first major lesson that taught us this was not true. Covid 19 knows no boundaries.
From a spiritual point of view, we are all interconnected. Therefore we impact each other. Our material world has now realized we are all interconnected. We have taken the interconnectivity of the world for granted, both from a spiritual perspective and our material life.
We have a moral responsibility to be good citizens of the world. Are we ready to sit back and watch innocent woman and children be killed simply because they exist? Are we ready to watch a whole country be destroyed because one man has dream of a new Russian Empire? Are we ready to go back to a philosophy that the strong can do whatever they want and subjugate people to serve the conquerors, basically to become slaves to the powerful, and lose their freedom to choose their own destiny?
It is winter where I live currently. It was cold the other day as I ran errands. I couldn’t help thinking about the people in Ukraine. Many have no homes to go back to and if they do, no heat, electricity or water. Lets not forget food as well. It was hard for me to fathom having to deal with children in this environment, as I went back to my warm house with a well stocked refrigerator and dry goods.
The Ukrainians have chosen to live in freedom vs servitude. They are willing to die for their freedom to choose. The pettiness of everyday slights, greed, and divisiveness does not exist for them. They are united in their belief to choose the type of life they want to live. They are willing to sacrifice their lives. They are willing to work with each other, knowing the fallacies of their countryman. What are we, as individuals willing to do? What sacrifices are we willing to make? Higher fuel cost or goods is nothing compared to the lives the Ukrainians are living right now. What type of world do we wish to live in? Do we choose fear over love? My choice is to work with everyone who wants to make a positive difference in the world. My choice is not to live in fear. My choice is to stand up to the bullies of the world, knowing I could die. My choice is to be the master of my destiny and the captain of my ship, to sail where my heart desires. I know my journey will be filled with storms at times. I choose to stand with all that there is, to be loving, fearless and willing to take action, to be a positive force in the world, knowing I will face personal hardships as well. What choices are you willing to make?