WJR 3. 1 - 11
THE RIPPLE EFFECTS
Getting to the Root Issue
“We’re not on our journey to save the world but to save ourselves. But in doing that you save the world. The influence of a vital person vitalizes.”
– Joseph Campbell (1904 – 1987)
 In so many ways we have tragically underestimated the tremendous power that each human being has on our world – the effect of the one on the all if you will. The well-being state of each individual impacts the well-being state of the collective and so, when we’re struggling and compromising our potential at an individual level, we’re struggling and compromising our potential at large.
 Whether we like it or choose to acknowledge it or not, the progress/regress – Joy/Pain state of each individual we share the planet with has an impact – directly or indirectly – on our efforts to create progress and well-being in our own Life, just as the state of our well-being impacts the efforts of all others.
 The ripple effects associated with the current impaired state of collective well-being are adding to the already significant challenges we all face as individuals everyday to make the most of our own personal Life experience. At nearly every turn it seems we’re being impacted in some way by less-than-caring actions of humans in varying states of regress and Pain, actions that are taking a destructive toll on every aspect of our world:
- On our physical, mental and emotional health
- On the connectivity and cultural strength of our families
- On the confidence and well-being of our children
- On the quality and authenticity of our most valued relationships
- On the level of trust between human peers in our societies
- On the viability and safety of our schools
- On the vitality of our local communities
- On the honorable nature of our businesses
- On the sustainability of our natural environments
- And on and on and on . . .
 When we’re unwilling and/or unable to take the actions necessary to uphold care wherever we’re accountable in Life, we put ourselves in regress and Pain.  And whether due to unwillingness, inability, or both, the struggle that we’re going through at the root level, at the level of the individual, to uphold care for the whole of our Life is antagonizing and depressing the experience of all humans at all levels.
“All men plume themselves on the improvement of society, and no man improves.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)
 Our continuing attempts to innovate the macro systems and processes of our world are futile if the human inputs into those systems and processes are incapable of leading and controlling the quality of who they are and who they’ll be when they engage.
 Humans acting out of regress and Pain – voluntarily or “involuntarily”, consciously or “unconsciously” – are challenging inputs into any value system. They can be highly unpredictable and unreliable, unwilling and irresponsible, irrational and incompetent, deceitful and duplicitous, lazy and entitled, etc.
 No matter the Life vertical in question – family, interpersonal relationships, academics, sports, big business, small business, community, religion, economics, politics, etc. – any organized effort to succeed, grow and prosper in Life is only going to be as competitive and sustainable as the individuals chartered to make it happen.
 The compromised nature of our collective state is impairing the progress and well-being ambitions of the honorable among us who, like all, are on short time to realize the fullness of the Life opportunity.
 Should our issues continue to go unaddressed at the root cause level – at the level of the individual – the decay and destruction of the current state will continue to expand and intensify and the divide between those that have proven willing to take honorable action and uphold care in their Life and those that haven’t will continue to widen.
 The Pain of the current state demands new action and is calling desperately and loudly for another way.