On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill. This unbelievable act, captured on film and aired across the world sparked a global outcry to end racism and police brutality in America, for good.
(As an aside, this is no way condones any wrongdoing that George Floyd himself, may have carried out in the past).
Even COVID-19 could not stop the many thousands of people who congregated together to protest against this heinous crime against humanity.
What on earth possesses a Policeman to behave in this manner? Or put another way, what kind of culture has been created that enables this type of behavior in the first place?
One may also wonder at the incredible reaction of the President of the United States, Donald Trump. But then again, his record speaks for itself.
These though, are just some of many thousands of incidents around the world that betray humanity’s faults in the starkest fashion.
For many people, this event will be momentarily sickening before it is filed away and forgotten about forever; whilst others will use this event to galvanize swathes of the population to attempt retribution of some description or maybe even some kind of change.
What is clear, is that our world really needs to change in so many ways. This is the real challenge before us all.
We need to stop blaming each other for all of the terrible things that have been happened to the countless millions throughout history; whilst educating each other as to how we should behave tomorrow.
Rioting, violence, crime, and war create only more distrust and sadness; as does a culture where for many there is no hope of escape from poverty or other ill-will.
In our technological age, where AI and robotics are becoming commonplace, we need to understand that humanity per se, is still very naive. We have yet to grasp how to truly implement a global society bereft of greed, inequality, sickness, arrogance, and deceit, etc. to name but a few.
Our financial systems are weighted not in favor of individuals (remember PPI), and politics is still very much ‘them’ and ‘us’ based. Let’s not even go down the path of how religion further divides mankind.
So what next?
Are there answers to the many challenges of our time, or are we incapable of anything other than what we see and hear about every day?
The challenge is clear… what are we going to do about our world?
Of course, we may not be able to fix everything, but we can at least come together in groups large and small, to change and improve the those things we care for.
Join us on Ideas-Shared and let’s see what we can do for ourselves, the community, business, the environment and more… ready?