by Sean Hindson
We have time, right now – we all have time. I say this because we have time in the form of the moment we are in together; right now.
is the ‘right now’ that we all share, regardless of our beliefs,
our fears, our worries, our hopes, or our views on the world.
can take this ‘right now’ to acknowledge that we are vulnerable,
acknowledge that we have made mistakes, acknowledge that we have to
(not need to) but have
to come together.
planet we belong to is screaming at us, demanding change. It is
showing us through fires, typhoons, floods, and storms that we have
to change. The planet is demanding change, it’s demanding it
because it too is vulnerable.
vulnerable, as we and the planet are, is the catalyst for change.
have been in discussion with people who deny the fact the world is
changing. I have had the ‘what ifs’ thrust upon me. I have had my
conversations cut short by those people who refuse to acknowledge the
absolute certainty that the impact of humans has transformed our
These people seem to be strong now, but are essentially oblivious to the change that is required by us all to enhance the lives of the generations of youth to whom we will entrust this earth.
of us aware of our collective vulnerability are already forging
greater change, fighting by looking inwards and having an awareness
of the fear we all have, shifting the way we think and allowing
ourselves the courage to think differently
Take a moment to think about the courage it takes – undiluted courage – to know that vulnerability is a strength.
first steps are already being taken around the world. In New Zealand,
the Just Transition is to my mind, an acknowledgment of that
vulnerability which can be such a strength.
where do workers and people tie into this? They are at the core, the
foundation. Workers are the ones who will essentially have the power
to change these mindsets.
have to change ourselves. It is painful to look in the mirror,
acknowledge our faults, and be true to ourselves and each other.
Workers mostly have more to worry about than the long-term future. When we work together, truly work together, to shift those mind sets, to force change in those businesses that do not allow workers to have standards of living that afford them the ability to think compassionately about more than just the immediate future… then we shift the world.
essence that is the key.
in our regions should be in a position where they can think about the
long-term future while acknowledging and appreciating the moment they
This ability comes with equal standards of pay, training, and that most precious of assets… time. Time to share moments with community, family and friends. Time to converse and be open with those that surround you.
personally reckon we have known this for a very long time. My
question is: why has it taken so long for businesses to allow
themselves to be vulnerable enough to care in a truly honest and deep
all, time marches on for businesses, too. No one is exempt from the
effects of what we are doing to ourselves and our environments,
because our environments are, in the end, ourselves.