Do Nothing, Do Something

Einstein said, “The world is a dangerous place not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing”.

Elvis Presley’s Ghetto song said, “Are we too blind to see – do we simply turn our heads and look the other way, as the world turns”.

What were they on about back in those days and how relevant is that to our world today?

Could it be possible that our world is a dangerous place today because the majority of people will just look on and do nothing?

Why do we look on and do nothing?
Why are we so blind to see what is going on?
Why do we simply turn our heads and look the other way?

Why do we sit on the fence waiting for others to do something?
Why are we afraid of doing what is needed?
Why do we accept the status quo when we know it is wrong?
Why is it that we can’t be bothered to take action unless it affects us personally?
Why do we think it is OK to let the world continue in this way when we feel it is not right?

Why do we think it is OK to Do Nothing?
Why is it so scary to Do Something?

We ALL know that alcohol is behind almost every case of domestic violence but we do nothing and so our voice is not heard and nothing changes. Is it any wonder that this crime is escalating?

We ALL know that marijuana is NOT a recreational drug and yet so many are addicted to this and doing ‘normal jobs’ out there. It is illegal and yet there are loads of people taking this harmfull substance everyday to get through life.

We ALL know that young kids and adults are taking drugs and the figures we get to read about are not the real truth – the seriousness of this and the long term effects are devastating to the family, community and society.

Did you know –

Porn sites are among the most visited sites on the Internet and amount to 14% of all the searches in cyber world? (1)

‘Sexting’ is going on in schools and what young girls are going through is unimaginable and yet nothing is done about it?

Slavery as we knew it is still here but it’s got another name?
It is now called ‘Human Trafficking’ – same thing. Check our blog for more Raw Truth on this
http://simplelivingglobal.com/world-day-against-trafficking-in-persons

Cyber abusers who consistently bully and abuse members of the public just get away with it as there is no real policing of the internet?

Prisoners are locked up in tiny cells; some sharing, with absolutely nothing to do for 20+ hours a day and then we wonder why re-offending is rising?

Why do we not question why the sugar industry are paying for research into obesity?

BBC News in Feb 2015 stated that Mars and Coca Cola are funding research. (2)
Could it be possible that the results maybe biased?

Would it not be in the public’s best interest to have an independent body paid by the government to do this type of research because obesity has become a global problem, which is getting out of control?

Why is it not front-page news headlines that illness and disease are rising and our health systems are going to go bankrupt if we do not find answers?

We need front-page news everyday so we get to be aware of what is really going on.

There are loads more but you get the picture.

What most of us do is that if it’s “out there” and doesn’t affect our private world, then we don’t really bother to take any interest.

Of course there are those who do go to extremes and campaign, rally, fight, sign petitions and march on the roads to government buildings and make their point.
But in truth has anything really changed with these activities?

Has strike action got the London Bus Drivers the equal pay they all deserve? No.

We rely on the politicians and the media who work together and tell us what we need to know and that’s about it. There are people making big decisions on behalf of the public and yet these decisions are not truly supporting our society.

When the odd whistleblower comes along they are swiftly stamped out and before you know it, it becomes yesterday’s news and we the general public have a tendency to forget things very quickly because it suits us.

Making a film or a documentary about this is great for public awareness, but if no action is taken by us, then nothing changes and we are part of the problem.

By looking on and doing nothing we are adding to the problem.
Why do we as Elvis says, “simply turn our heads and look the other way”?

Do we ALL have a responsibility to at least start to ask questions and not Accept what is going on around us and under our noses?

As the author of this blog I can say – YES I care but to campaign, run a marathon for a good cause, make a documentary or get into government is not my call. I simply do not have the resources, techniques or tools to make big changes, but what I do know is that I have a writing skill.

Things may not change overnight, but by saying I am aware this is going on and I want more people to be aware, then I use my personal skills, which in this case is writing and that means doing something about it. That is RESPONSIBILITY.

This website is a start of much more to come to bring awareness to humanity about what is going on in our world and present it in super simple language, so we all get it.

If we all start using our social media platforms to share this kind of stuff, then there is a chance for real change as the right people will get it. If enough of us start asking for real change then change will happen as that is inevitable.

Standing back and holding back and doing nothing, changes nothing.

We have the power together to make changes and it doesn’t have to be big stuff.
Using our skills and resources and asking for Truth consistently will bring change.

Not giving up, does and will make a difference.

References

(1) Ward, M. (2013, July 1). Web Porn: Just How Much is There? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23030090

(2) Gallagher, J. (2015, February 12). Row Over Sugar Firms’ Links to Scientists http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31412551

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  1. I sat with a cup of tea to read this blog this morning and was blown away by the title and what I then read as I had just spoken with a friend this morning and we hadn’t caught up in ages. As we talked we phoned in a third friend and actioned something that will make a difference to families, especially dad’s and their children. This was super simple to action as we all used the resources that we have access to and then together we put in place something that will make a difference to people’s lives. However I have not always contributed to society in this way and have not only held back but buried my head in the sand about what goes on in this world. There is so much more I can look at and bring to the world in which I am a part and I am definitely becoming more aware of my responsibility in this thanks to blogs like this which are very hard to ignore or dismiss.

    1. Lovely what you have shared Sally. I realise I keep looking at big dramatic actions and big dramatic changes and since such things have not been my strength I give up and return to my shell. As Simple Living Global has shared it is about committing to do our part, in whatever shape and form it comes. And that is so very freeing and empowering.

  2. I know that not giving up does make a difference; I have been immensely inspired by those who have not given up and I have reversed my own given-up-ness and chosen to deepen my commitment to myself and to life as a result.

    This is how I know that not giving up will make the difference in the world.

    I know it is my responsibility to just be myself and this means not ‘silently going along with’ what does not feel true to me any more.

    I can be honest and bringing reality into conversations; in this I know I am part of the healing we all need & not part of the problems.

  3. We turn a blind eye as we think it doesn’t relate to us personally but the truth is everything is interconnected.
    This is our world and things are getting from bad to worse.

    We have some major global problems and sitting on the fence or waiting for others to do their bit is not the answer.
    Each of us can do something even if it is starting conversations and sharing stuff that is on this blog.
    Our social media could be used to get discussions about topics that we all need to know about out there and to a large audience.
    All this is about us having a responsibility.

    We do have a hand in what goes on and what we have to say does count and does matter.

  4. This is important what you say here Jo Elmer about the fact that you ‘can be honest and bring reality into conversations’. If we consider the real state of our world today we are really not doing great and real stuff like what all these blogs are presenting is what is now needed so we get to feel the pulse of humanity.
    Simple Living Global is not looking to get out and dominate social media or daytime TV. Their aim is to simply bring more awareness about what is actually going on and could it be possible that How we are choosing to live in every way may be contributing to everything that is not right on our earth.

  5. Yes, the world is a crazy place and it is easy to give up and say that there is nothing that I can do that will make a difference. But watch a 1 year old learning to walk. They are true inspiration. They not only do not give up, they actually enjoy what they doing! They thrive on the challenge and think about the concept of walking, it is extremely challenging!

    Humans thrive on challenges, it is what life is all about.

    If something is not working do something different!

    Simple Living Global is presenting something different that has turned my life around.

    I feel prepared to do anything that is required to serve humanity.

    1. Great what you say here Ken and we could all do with applying this –
      If something is not working then we have a choice to do something different.

      So it comes back to choice.
      Every choice leads us to our next choice.

      So if we are making choices that are ugly and hurting our body or harming others then we can stop that.
      If we don’t it is likely we will do it again and again and get on a roll, a kind of momentum and think it is ok.
      OR we can choose something that deeply supports us and is not harmful, like not banging doors but closing them gently. Sounds a bit simple but consider the jarring, the impact of a heavy car door being banged and the vibration travelling up your hand, arm and to your chest. Worth taking the time and making small choices before we try and get to the big stuff.

  6. Once upon a time I would have read a blog like this and immediately feel overwhelmed by the largeness of the problems in the world. These days I can read this blog and know without a doubt that the chance that is required begins with me. The more I live true to myself, the more I reflect this to others, the more others can then get inspired to live true to themselves. This is how the world changes and this is how we stop turning a blind eye to what is going on around and within us.

    1. What a great perspective: that the antidote to turning a blind eye could in fact be very simple and starts with ‘living true to myself’.

    2. Ditto Elizabeth Dolan. I was also overwhelmed and gave up at the start thinking how can I make any difference when my neighbours are not living with any decency and respect because they did not do the recyling business. What a poor pathetic excuse.
      Reacting to anything and everything was just draining and totally dis-empowering.
      What I need to do was get real and start with honesty. In other words being honest about what was not actually working in my life.
      This meant a decade of discarding all that which is not true and letting go more and more.
      So instead of feeling like I was doing nothing, I made a choice to do something and the biggest result is I am no longer a drain on our medical system and that in itself speaks volumes. It comes down to that word RESPONSIBILITY.

  7. “What most of us do is that if it’s “out there” and doesn’t affect our private world, then we don’t really bother to take any interest.” This reminds me that we really do seem to have slopey shoulder syndrome. I am involved with the anti-cyber abuse organisation ALL RISE and when I talk to people about cyber abuse I hear either (1) ‘it hasn’t happened to me, thank God’, i.e. I don’t have to worry about it or (2) there are so many problems in the world, why are you worrying about that one, i.e. I don’t want to think about it or (3) aren’t there people working on that, i.e. surely I don’t have to think about it.

    It is amazing to me how stuck we all are in our comforts. We’ll buy charity xmas cards and sign the odd petition but very few people actually reflect on what is happening around us and what they can do.

    This blog serves as a very human reminder that we can all bring something. Each of us. However small.

    1. Interesting what you share Jenifer about the general public response to something that we all need to know and take action about. Cyber Abuse.
      We do tend to think why concern ourself when we are ‘alright jack’ as the phrase goes. WHY get involved in anything that may just make us or another uncomfortable.
      But consider if we all started talking about stuff like cyber abuse which is very serious at the xmas dinner table and other conversations in our day to day chats, what would happen. Not talking and not saying anything or hoping others are doing something is WHY we are in the current mess we are in.
      More of us can and we all need to step up and do our bit and as you say ‘we can all bring something’.

  8. “Prisoners are locked up in tiny cells; some sharing, with absolutely nothing to do for 20+ hours a day and then we wonder why re-offending is rising?” Just reading this alone cuts through to the truth: that the prison system needs to put prisoners to work. Not in the old school hard labour way, but in the true purpose way. Imagine if every criminal were to experience first hand what it is like to serve; to have a purpose; to work and see they are capable and can have a true impact; to build a new foundation on which they can stand when they leave; not to hold themselves in the past. So simple. Why is this not the norm?

    1. Not sure if you fancy a job in a UK prison Jenifer but you seem to know what you are talking about here and it is this type of stuff that we need our bigwigs in the system and politicians to take note of.
      How on earth can we expect any change when we are rehabilitating with inhumane conditions. Tiny cells with two in a cell is not offering any space to move let alone allow for change. Long hours locked up and giving them flat screen TV and a kettle is not the answer.
      Having worked inside a London jail on a pilot study for almost 3 years, I can say that all prisoners want to be met for who they truly are. They want to be treated as a human being. Yes they need to serve a custodial sentence for their crime but we do have a RESPONSIBILITY to make sure at the end of their life inside they come out with a foundation that has meaning and purpose. The Simple Living Global Back to Basics Program worked and continues to work. This would greatly benefit our prison systems worldwide because it brings in that word RESPONSIBILITY.

      1. I could not agree with you more here Simple Living Global. Having worked with you during a Back to Basics pilot study, it was clear prisoners needed support for even the basic things like making a bed and keep themselves clean etc.

        I have worked in prisons for 20 years and Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service (which it is now called) they and Government Inspectors are always stating in reports and policy that it is about showing Decency towards prisoners.
        I can honestly say I have always respected them as they have me.

        But where is the Decency when you cram two people in a cell that you would not house cattle in?
        I doubt very much anyone would want to be locked up in this. Y
        We will see from reports in the media, that due to short staff, prisoners are locked at times 23 hours a day.
        Imagine being locked up for that long a period. Sharing the same toilet in such a small space.

        We are in the 21st Century but yet it feels like we are in the 19th Century.
        We have prison buildings that are 10s of years old that are crumbling but yet the government does not want to give more money to rebuild.
        Other than a one or two new builds across the country.

        It is time the system and society wake up to the fact that we are in the worse crisis since prisons began.

  9. All systems need to recommence from the ground up, the amount of greed, the amount of care less ness that goes on is unimaginable and its affecting people, we may not know them personally but what is the difference, they are still you and I.

    I too once felt overwhelmed with it all and wondered how one soul could make a difference but Simple Living Global there is an absoluteness in what you have shared ‘standing back, holding back and do nothing, changes nothing’ – Absolutely.

    Of course chocolate and soda companies aren’t wanting research to find their products attributing to obesity – they will be bankrupt no different to the tobacco industry. No amount of advertisements saying smoking is bad for your health deters the individual to give up smoking, its more than that.

    It’s a dis-ease and we as individuals need to take responsibility. How? Introduce simplicity in everything you do and slowly observe how your body responds. I have loads of food I can eat and yet there is no gluten, dairy or sugar in it and I am still breathing and standing upright. For our Christmas parties (I went to 3 wards!) I took a raw cake, and no one knew till they complimented how tasty it was and they couldn’t believe it was gluten, diary, egg free, raw and with only natural sugars – anything can be done, if you do something.

    1. I like the bit you share here Shushila about having a gluten free and dairy free diet and you have loads of food that you can eat and you are ‘still breathing and standing upright’.
      WHY do people assume that when you choose to not eat foods that harm something is going to happen. Finding alternatives and then trotting along to the xmas parties with a raw cake that most did not know was weird and whacky says a lot really.

  10. I have grown up in a world that told me if I wanted to succeed I had to work hard, in order to make something of myself. So I started out feeling I was not enoughave, that I had to do more to succeed.

    After 50 years of doing this my body was totally exhausted. What was going on, my body was still strong and I wanted to work. So something about how I lived my life was not ok. How and why I was doing things was wrong.

    With support from Simple Living Global I realized that I was doing thing with the idea that I was not enough. By understanding that all I need to do is be myself and use the talents I was given, what will make a change in the world.

    Wow, what a relief!

  11. This is a great blog Simple Living Global as it highlights a very human trait – that is, if it doesn’t affect us personally, then we really don’t need to worry or even think about it.

    There are so many issues in the world that need to be ‘sorted’ that it can easily become overwhelming to start to tackle even one issue.

    People feel that if they don’t throw themselves 100% into ‘combating’ an issue, then they CAN’T make any difference, and so they don’t bother at all. I know this because I used to see things this way.

    It’s not about joining a cause or a political party and demanding changes.

    As this blog says, rallies, campaigns, petitions, marches, demonstrations, fighting, riots, strikes, are not the answer as it’s a case of ‘been there, done that’, and nothing has worked.

    So, where exactly do we start?

    Quite simply, it is just to write.

    Write without judgment, attack or expectation on how we feel about the issues that we want to write about.

    Find real websites that are saying what we want to say and comment on their articles.

    If we are savvy with social media, then get the word out through that way.

    If enough people write on how they feel about the issues of the world and write consistently then in the words of Sam Cooke, “A Change is Gonna Come.”

  12. Simple Living Global thank you. It is true, this website definitely does bring awareness of what is going on in our world in a simple understandable way. My awareness has certainly grown from reading your blogs, I find myself questioning and observing daily life so much more.

    I find it really helpful to read how you use your skill of writing to do something about our current state. It has inspired me to look at my skills and see how I can use them to do something too.

    If we each did this.. questioned, used our skills, worked together.. undoubtedly we would see huge changes.

  13. This Do Nothing Do Something business can be re-interpreted or mis-interpreted.

    As with anything we can simply take it out of context and do whatever we want to suit our own agenda and we tend to do this all the time.

    I know of many real life examples where I have in the past wanted to do something and thought that taking action was me making a difference. How wrong I was.

    What I now know and realise is that I was in total reaction and trying mode. In truth this makes no difference and offers no form of evolution whatsoever.

    There was simply no honesty in the way I was living at the time and the focus then to do something was not coming from the right quality in the first place. Being frustrated about something going on in our world and then trying to do something is an utter waste of time.

    I now know it starts with a way of living that holds a quality of deep commitment, consistency, truth and integrity and at the very core is the word RESPONSIBILITY.

  14. Yesterday I was doing a RETURN TO SENDER and that means sending post back where it came from, as I did not request it. It prompted me to write this comment.

    I have been doing this consistently for over 20 years so it feels the normal thing to do and I know this has inspired others to do the same. The benefits are huge.

    Doing nothing is not an option as it guarantees nothing will change. All that post wasted and mail order catalogues trying to sell you something when you never even subscribed to them in the first place. Call it junk mail or whatever, the point is what are we actually doing about it? In other words where is the individual Responsibility?

    It is so easy to ignore it and hope it will stop one day but as someone who has moved house quite a few times, I feel it would be irresponsible knowing that I have not actioned this junk nonsense mail and they would keep getting it long after I have left and stopped the 3 month re-direction with the postal service.

    All I know is the general post we get now has very little that requires a ‘Return to Sender’ so it is working. Well worth the commitment and effort if you ask me.

  15. I was talking to some business men this week about sexism in the venture capital world.

    One of them shared that he recently made a decision to cut sexist remarks when he hears them, starting with his team. He said it has had an immediate effect and the comments have stopped coming.

    It reminded me of this blog and the power of one.

  16. I was recently at a conference where at the end the chairs needed clearing away to the sides.

    I noticed how if everyone did their own chair – just one – the job got done super efficiently. It felt very easy and no-nonsense.

    Some folks had to head off quickly and their chairs got done no problem.

    If everyone had headed off and left their chairs, that would have meant 100+ chairs for just a few people to tidy away.

    What a difference taking responsibility for small things can make.

    1. I agree with you Jenifer. I am amazed at how quickly and easily things can get done when we all pull together.

      It is so simple and makes so much sense, but we can make it so complicated.

      Could this be a reason why things are so slow in Governmental systems for example?

      Could it be a case of lots of talking but no real action to deal with what is needed and so things just end up staying stuck?

      Could lots of money be saved in many areas if everyone was pulling in the same direction?

      1. Yes, and in pulling together, we might be surprised that each person’s contribution might be much smaller than one might think.

  17. Do we do nothing because we believe that nothing that we do will make a difference?

    But if we do nothing, definitely nothing will change, and we know that. So we say that nothing that I do will make a difference so we can rationalize doing nothing.

    The greatest thing we can do is just be ourselves, If we can focus on that, it is actually doing everything. This concept is so simple, but it does work, it can make a difference in the world.

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