I cannot bear to look any more
At the stories of today’s world.
My heart is breaking
Under the weight of lies and manipulation.
I don’t care any more what you believe in
Or whether we share the same narrative or not.
You might trust the systems that govern us
And the companies that push them around
And control them.
You might be in denial of the distortions of truth
That are in plain sight.
You might be a crazy, angry conspiracy theorist
Sharing your fears with anyone who stops to listen.
I don’t care any more.
I’ve listened to all of you.
I’ve tried hard to understand what you’re feeling.
I can share your confusion.
I can feel your fear.
I can buy your theories.
I can see truth in every one of you.
But this is not the truth I seek.
Nor do I search for rationality.
Not any more.
I’ve tried. I’ve really tried.
I’ve listened, almost every day,
To the courageous souls who look for facts
And back them up with documents.
I know you’re right in what you’ve found.
I know that what you’re saying
Is what is going on.
More or less.
But I don’t care any more.
If I ignore the truth I betray myself.
And I betray you – my friend, my family.
And if I find out what’s really going on
It breaks my heart.
How could we be like that?
How could any one of us truly believe
That’s a way to live life?
How could a human being
Want to hurt another human being?
Or even hurt many of us?
How could that be possible?
I know that we all hurt each other.
I probably hurt someone everyday.
Especially the people who are so close to me
That I love them.
So I understand how we hurt each other
But I didn’t mean it.
I didn’t want to hurt you.
I was sorry afterwards
And I tried to make it up to you.
And I never thought that hurting other people
Could be a solution.
Or that it could be a strategy
That’s what breaks my heart
To see people play such terrible games with each other
And with us.
Until no one knows any more
What’s true and what’s false.
What’s right and what’s wrong.
Only we do.
We do know what’s true.
And we do know what’s right.
So what happened?
Why are we pretending?
Why don’t we call out the lies?
Why don’t we point out
That the emperor is wearing no clothes?
Yes, I know that you’re afraid.
That conversations get uncomfortable
We test the waters before we speak
To see how the other person might respond.
As if they have the power
To make us wrong, or bad, or even evil
Because we think something different from them.
Have we gone completely mad?
This is not what human beings are made of.
There’s a different drum that beats our hearts
Than lies and deception and secrecy.
So I want to say
Let’s change our direction.
Let’s put these stories behind us
And face a deeper truth.
Let’s create our own story
One that rings a bell
A wake-up call
To our souls buried deep within us
Not of what’s happening
And what terrible things have been done
But of a future.
A future we dream into being
The future we long for
And dare to know is possible.
Let’s tell stories
More and more stories
Lots and lots of stories
That become real
Like every story does.
We don’t need these stories of sickness and fear.
We need stories that heal
That restore our faith in each other
That remind us of the beauty of human life.
We need stories that make life worth living again
That restore trust
That connect us together
Because we are all so similar.
We need stories
That build a better future
Laying the foundation stones
And then the structure
Of a future that works
For all of us
As best we can.
Right now we’re not even trying to do that.
We’re just surviving.
Pretending it’s okay to be in a world
Where so few have so much
And so many have so little
And where it could be so easy
To change it around
If only we had a little courage
And a little imagination
And a little compassion
And a little love
And a little willingness.
I don’t think that’s beyond our capability.
In fact, I know with all my heart
That we can do this.
And we’re going to do this.
So I don’t care about your stories anymore
Unless they tell of the future
That we would both love to live in.
These are the stories that have power.
The power to create a new reality.
This I can promise.
And so I take my courage in my hands
And I declare
That I am living the new story
And I invite you to join me
So we can create it together.
I only know a little part of it
But I’m sure you know another part
And our friends will know other parts
And together we’ll speak it into being.
That’s worth being here for.
That’s calling me deeply
So I can let go of the nightmares we’ve created
And live the dreams
That are in creation
What is your story?
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