There is an ancient Chinese blessing and curse that says, “May you be born in interesting times.”
The events in France, Lebanon, Syria and Kenya have demonstrated the cruel truth of the interesting times in which we live. Tragedies act as a catalyst to bring out the best of us and point out our inherent humanity and connection. They also point out our confusion and limitations.
We all live in our own world with our own ideas of how to make sense of it all. We need only look at the news or scroll down our Facebook feed to see that everyone has their own personal take on what happened in our world over the last few days. It’s all, understandably, very confusing.
Religious leaders ask for prayers and an end of the devil’s doing. Atheist go on about how religions are the cause of all evil in the history of the world. Every camp uses these deaths to fuel their own point of view. Some politicians proclaim the need to bomb all Muslim countries into submission. At the same time the leaders in those same countries send their condolences and Muslims around the world begin a twitter campaign expressing their distain with the hash tag, #NotInMyName.
We want to point the finger at who is responsible for these inhumane acts. We want to find someone to bring us out of this mess. That is not going to happen. The causes and the solutions are entirely too complex. There is no magic formula that, if we just figured it out, we could apply to every situation and everything would just be fine. Life, as we all have witnessed, is much more dynamic and much more fluid than that. What applies to one person never applies to another in exactly the same way. “They” can’t help us. It’s up to us.
We need to take personal responsibility as individuals, as companies, as countries. It’s clear that everything we do affects, in some way, the rest of the world. We at EcoSmart Designs pledge to do our part to create eco-friendly jewelry products that foster love and appreciation for mankind and all of the natural world. We pledge to take our responsibility personally in our designs, our production, and the way we treat one another and our customers.
“This delusion (of separateness) is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” –Albert Einstein