“Boys compete with one another, Men empower one another.”
I believe that we cannot become world citizens if we continue to deal with life’s challenges the same way we did as children. Unfortunately, I feel there are too many people who are “40, 50, 60’s going on 16,” so to speak. Many people at age 40-60, or even 80 are still dealing with people and issues such as conflict and relationships using the same disempowering school yard strategies most of us learned before the age of 16: Name calling, physical or emotional intimidation, violence, blame and shame to name just a few. Why do men especially, begin to regress after they turn 30 years old? I understand there are exceptions to this but very few. We watch politicians bicker in congress, Corporations destroy and devalue their competition if they can’t work together, athletes and spectators brawl with one another like they were in a school yard and spiritual leaders explaining their poor decisions away as if someone had caught them jay walking. All these people at some point had to be empowered by another and therefore empowered others. Many of us have not added new, possibly more effective and constructive strategies to deal with issues. We are to focused on success, money and appearances that we employ others to make up for our short comings or conflict. We are taught that conflict and completion are bad things when actually they are what makes use stronger. When dealt with through democracy and bartering strategically and with conviction we can empower each other. We program computers with artificial intelligence to design algorithms to empower the next generation, yet we can’t program that in ourselves. Until we lose our jealous childish regression and aggression as men we will destroy ourselves and blame others for our own failures and short comings which; the current state of the world reflects today. Hopefully we will learn to repair this rhythm in our code as Homo-sapiens before computers and algorithms decide for us that we are really no different than pack animals.