We are moving quickly into a new era of truth. More and more people are going inward by seeking to understand themselves better and getting to the essence of who they are to be happy. To find the truth of who you are, people are stripping off the illusions of their negative self-images and their emotional and psychological wounding. To heal this world, in the same way, we need to strip off the illusions of society and reveal the real intention of life – a happy life.
Talking about life, I instantly related the celebration of this 100th issue of Together to a hundred years. For some reason, the sound of a hundred made my brain connect to 100 years. Our minds associate words in various manners. We all make different connections in our brain waves. Some people might relate the number 100 to 100 reasons why? Others may immediately connect the number hundred to 100 million or a hundred billion for that matter. The more romantic may relate it to 100 kisses. No matter what, talking about years, I believe that in the future we will talk about this time in history as ‘the hundred years of truth’. More revelations about society emerge every day: the aggression on the climate, aggression on women and children, corruption and deceit, power and misuse of it, growth of racism and separation… to just touch the tip of the iceberg.
Even if everything seems more chaotic by the day and there are severe threats to the climate, the positive aspect is that at least we start to see what we need to attend to. Just as in personal healing, it is dark and uncomfortable at the beginning of bringing our wounds to the surface – the same holds true for society. It always gets darker before it becomes brighter. When we throw more light on the truth, we see more of the pain that society holds. There may have to be 100 years of truth for us to heal this world, but if we continue to bring the truth to the surface, healing will eventually happen. With truth as our guiding star, I am convinced that we will be able to provoke a rebirth of human consciousness.
Talking about rebirth and years, I can’t help reflect on my experience as a carer for old and disabled people in my teenage years. It is fortunate to have a glimpse of ageing already at the early age of sixteen. For four long years, I spent my weekends, holidays, and an entire year after high school working with old and disabled people. I can’t begin to tell you what I learnt during those years, but I can tell you that it was a real blessing. It was a gift to see with my own eyes how little power we already have in the face of ageing as a teenager. Above anything, it taught me to be grateful for the little things in life and to not taking anything for granted.
I believe what the world needs right now is for more people to become conscious of not take anything for granted. To help that happen, I would like to put a spotlight on ageing. After all, ageing concerns us all. In the face of our own mortality, we are all equal, regardless of our success or lack of it. With this in mind, do you know that most people end up wearing a nappy? Not the little invisible ones that you use for your menstrual cycle, but a big and bulky one where you are forced to do all your needs. Already back then, in 1985 in the welfare state of Sweden, there was no way that we carers managed to take all the old and disabled people to the bathroom in time. Imagine what the future will bring for our generation. In spite of the sad reality of having to wear a nappy at the end of your life, the most shocking thing to me as a young carer was the yucky smell of the parboiled potatoes wafting through the restaurant and the corridors of the complex.