In the wake of terrible tragedies, the United States is faced with difficult decisions in the rules that it makes. The government must balance the personal freedoms of its people with the desperate need for safety.
To say it’s a heated conversation is vastly understating the issue.
And why wouldn’t it be heated? We’re all very interested in the rules we have to abide by. There are consequences to breaking those rules, after all.
I’m not against government or against the need for rules, but our rules are in place so that we can overcome the worst parts of ourselves. Inherently, there’s a very negative focus to statements like “don’t kill” and “don’t steal.” The rules are forced to admit that humanity has a terrible tendency to take things, whether goods or life itself, from our neighbors.
Rules are necessary.
On the other end of the spectrum is inspiration. Inspiration is what helps us to achieve the best of what humanity can be. We can reach the moon. We can end wars. We can create beautiful art. We can find peace within ourselves and with one another.
Inspiration also provides us another opportunity. You can have a say in the world, a chance to influence how people behave, by creating inspiration. Not all of us want to become elected officials. We don’t want to be the rulemakers or the rule-enforcers. We’re glad the structures exist (even if we’d like to see them change to one degree or another), but our toolkit differs highly from that of a politician’s.
We use art. We use motivational writing. We use spirituality. There are lots of ways that we can press towards finding the best in what we can offer the world.
We, as a species, are better fed and wealthier than we’ve ever been. Our quality of life on the whole is statistically better than it’s been in any point in history, yet people are struggling for purpose. They are desperate for meaning in this life. They are desperate for hope.
Rules are necessary, but they are only a part of the human experience.
It’s Possible to Be a Rule-Maker and an Inspirer
But it’s tough. I think we can look back at history and find people that were courageous enough to change the rules in order to do what’s right. These people fought the wars and the personal battles to effect change, sometimes at the cost of their own lives.
The good news is that we don’t have to be martyrs in order to make the world a better place.
We Can Choose to be Sources of Inspiration Daily
Being a source of light in the world is a much simpler (though it’s not always easy) decision. We can be the optimists in rooms full of pessimists. We can be the artists when others would default to blander options. We can be the ones who stop to talk in a society full of people who are too busy.
We have the choice. We have the chance.