Monday, 7 February 2011

Back to Basics for a Better Society

Back to Basics for a Better Society

We live in a world where there is constant pressure to be ultra slim and look at least ten years younger than our actual age.
Every woman’s magazine we pick up focuses on these subjects, and now men’s publications are following suit.

This is a serious problem because it’s not only affecting adults, its damaging our children from a very young age. Even though some of them are not old enough to take in the written content, the images are subliminal and have a very powerful negative influence on them.

Everything is portrayed in a superficial way. So the majority of young people come to expect things like instant fame, expensive designer clothes, and cosmetic surgery.

What happened to acceptance, tolerance, and individuality?  It’s becoming like a clone factory, and it’s infiltrating all areas of our lives.

Surely the most important thing is to learn and grow intellectually as a human being. Enjoy our relationships and friends without judgment or preconceived expectations, and of course to ultimately accept ourselves. We should be enjoying the simple things, which make day to day living enjoyable.

Here are a few examples:

  • Going for a walk in the park or countryside with family or friends.
  • Making something from scratch yourself, instead of buying it.
  • Helping someone else (the smallest gesture can make someone’s day).
  • Reading a good book, or reading to someone else who finds it difficult.
  • Dancing is a mood lifter, and a great way of socialising.
  • Writing down all the positive things in your life. 
  • Do something creative regularly. 
  • Be thankful for what you already have, The grass is not always greener on the other side.
  • Accept complements and complement family and friends. They need need it too!
  • Do a good deed for someone, it makes you feel good.

It’s these sorts of activities that build self esteem and make you feel like you’ve achieved something.
It’s up to us to take a stand, and not become media sheep. If not for ourselves, for our children and the future of mankind. People need purpose not perfection.

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