During this week of mourning I chose to publish some of my Polish students’ essays in an attempt to spread their light of wisdom and compassion in the current context of commiseration.
Broken People, Broken Lives, Broken Societies…
Do We Live in a Broken World?
by Katarzyna Cieszyńska
Many people say that life sucks. They might have been hurt in life in different ways – the death of a close friend, a divorce, a broken heart, loneliness. There are many reasons why some may claim that life is painful. What is more, societies in the whole world are often destroyed because of various problems – alcoholism, unemployment, poverty, crime… Every year 8 million people die of extreme poverty. Here, in Europe, we are lucky to have something to eat every day. Just think about all those people living in Africa or South-East Asia suffering of hunger. They don’t deserve such a life! Rich countries should help the poorest ones as much as they can!
Let’s take a look at the problem connected with wars. Is war something we can deal with? I don’t think so. As long as we live on this planet, wars will exist. It’s sad, but true. How I wish there was peace on Earth! ‘’Hear it every Christmas time, but hope and history won’t rhyme, so what is worth this peace on Earth?’’ sings Bono from U2.
Today a lot of couples get divorced. This problem is exemplified by the movie called ‘’Alexandra,” as well.
Alexandra is a little girl whose parents, Tavi and Iulia, are no longer in love with each other. After spending some time with his daughter on Sunday, Tavi brings her back to Iulia’s flat. While fixing Alexandra’s bike, the two quarrel and shout at each other. Yes, the girl’s bicycle is broken, but it’s not the only broken thing we can identify in this short Romanian film. An elevator could be another example. All these things are metaphors of the broken Romanian society which needs to be fixed, just like other societies do.
What is the oil that keeps the mechanism of our society running? Well, in my opinion this fuel is love. ‘’Love is the end of history, the enemy of misery,” as Bono sings. In addition, if we want to live in a better world, we have to trust and understand each other. We ought to stop hurting each other. There’s no use in causing pain! If you desire to change the world, start with yourself – that’s the rule. As Michael Jackson sang, ‘’Heal the world! Make it a better place for you and for me and the entire human race.”
Let love rule our world!
January 25, 2010
What could we change in our society?
Not everything at once.
We can change everything we want, but with a lot of patience.
We should start with simple, small things like kindness, for example.
How polite can we be to the people we meet in the street, on the tram or on the bus, while shopping or rushing from home to work and then back every day?
We should begin the process of change ourselves, with small things; every day we can be a little bit kinder and politer to others than we were the day before.
Imagine you are waiting on a platform for your train, along with many other people. Suddenly, the train enters the platform. The doors open, and what do we do?
Of course we don`t leave the passengers get off; we are eager to barge in first. It is terrible how important we are for ourselves!
Where is our kindness at such times?
We can observe similar situations on the bus, at tram stops, at the entrance of shops, in offices, cinemas, cafes – all examples of places where people seem to avoid being kind.
We seem to put our pleasure before anyone else`s.
I hope we should start changing our world by manifesting more kindness and politeness to anyone around us, no matter where we are.
Start with yourself.
That can change our life.