The World is too much with us
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea her bosom to the moon;
The Winds that will be howling at all hours
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for every thing, we are out of tune;
It moves us not. Great God! I’d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus coming from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.
William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850)
He wrote this along time ago, but how it rings true today. These troubled times bring opportunities for us to rethink how we want to make changes in our lives today, to bring more meaning into our daily life. I have been thinking about this alot lately, and reading about how every age has struggled with the problems of the division of labour, and how we reward . Each society , past and present has to structure itself in a way that is sustainable, that is it’s challenge. Each great civilisation has made both progress, and endured catastrophic failure. Human beings today are faced with the challenges thrown up by globalisation, and the stresses are only too apparent. How do we face troubled times together? Choosing to see ourselves as part of a whole could help us to face the future together. Joining in community actions and making pledges together to commit to new behaviours will effect change. A few years ago we weren’t recycling our packaging, and consumables. Now it is part of everyday life to think about reusing rather than discarding. Putting pressure on our politicians to redress inequalities can make a difference. Time to think. Time to play our part, however small, however insignificant. Remember to turn out those lights!