Do you ever feel like the things you fear most; are the ones you avoid most? Are you ever overwhelmed with the idea of scary thoughts or experiences? Well duh Victoria, that’s how fear works…
I have been doing some thinking lately concerning the idea of vulnerability. Vulnerability is the susception of an object or individual to its surroundings or environment. Vulnerability is a common fear amongst humans, as we don’t necessarily enjoy leaving our comfort zones. The interesting thing about vulnerability, is that we must experience it in order to learn and grow. We had to leave our parent’s side at one point in our childhood, in order to gain independence. We had to take the training wheels off our bike, in order to learn how to ride without them. We had to talk to new people, in order to understand adversity.
This logic stands true when learning to accept the world issues that trouble us the most. We will have to discuss the negative impacts of climate change and human impact, in order to build resiliency and hope to aid the crisis.
We are raised by parents that tells us not to bring up issues of politics, morals or religion with others. They tell us not to engage in “touchy” subjects and stay neutral in the way we portray our opinions. We are living in a society that doesn’t want to “talk about it” … This mindset has resulted in a multitude of issues, such as the stigma of mental health, the barriers of sexual assault victims and the misunderstanding of religious entities. Without cooperative dialect, these issues remain issues; concealed only by the fear of vulnerably speaking out.
We can no longer live in this bubble of comfort. We need to talk about it, civilly and with open minds. We need to connect with individuals of different perceptions and viewpoints. We must expand our understanding of such issues, in hopes of finding a compassionate medium.
As an environmentalist, I find my views denied and unaccepted by those benefiting from the destruction of our planet. I wish to bring awareness and hope to all members of my society, and in turn hear the voices that don’t always agree with much of my logic. If we wish to protect what little resource and natural prosperity we have left, we need to work together.
***This isn’t a rant, or a suggestion, or even a call to action. It’s a reminder that change takes teamwork. Change takes time. Change takes patience. ***
No one individual is perfect, but all individuals can be accepting. We are all in this together folk, so go out and speak to someone you wouldn’t normally engage with. Open your mind to the thoughts and feelings of others… and hopefully by doing so, you can both learn more about the adversity of the topic.
Climate Change is a scary thought; it isn’t always a crowd pleasing topic of discussion (trust me I know…). None the less, it is a valuable topic of debate, that can stimulate more innovative ideas and hope surrounding the preservation of our biological world. So, be vulnerable. Allow yourself to feel, learn and express your feeling… this is truly the only way we can grow to change the immensity of its impacts.
In closing, I will leave you with the words of one of my heroes. I was privileged enough to see her speak in Kelowna, BC last spring and she left me feeling full and hopeful with the following words:
“Education and knowledge will make you angry, sad and emotional. It will break down your morals, confuse your thoughts and change the way you see the world. But it is vital to go through these emotions and changes in order to build insight. And once you have gained insight, you can turn those emotions to passion. Passion that you can use to change the world.” – Dr. Jane Goodall