18% Grey

Imagine looking at this year, 2020 in 10- or 20-years’ time. What will the history books say or Wikipedia? Who will the victors be and what will their version of history be?

The world we live in seems very divided.

We are facing challenging times at the moment and there is no clear narrative. There are many views and we are flooded with different accounts of what is happening.

Some people believe the main stream and dismiss other accounts as fake news.

On the other hand, some people believe the main stream media is propaganda and the truth is elsewhere. Where does the truth lie? Lost somewhere in the middle.

It seems that what people believe relates to their political ideology and politics is as divided as ever. Possibly even more!

  • Left verses Right

It seems as a population we are stuck in duality.

  • Right or Wrong
  • Positive or Negative
  • Male or Female
  • Ying or Yang
  • Black or White

But nothing is ever black and white. It’s always a shade of grey.

In photography 18% grey cards are used to help set the exposure. 18% grey is the exact middle between white and black!

Rather than focus on the middle, it seems we are obsessed with the differences. A world of extremes- polar opposites!

Any form of negotiation or mediation can never occur if we don’t find common ground.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market , Thailand

The last time I was in Thailand there was an expression all the local market stall sellers used- Same Same but Different! This was often because they were selling fake designer products. Is was the same as the designer version but slightly different.

We are all the same!

We are all slightly different! Unique in our own way.

If we were all the same, the world would be a very dull and boring place!

We all have more in common than we have in difference.

We all breathe air, consume food and need water. We have families and people whom we care about. We all want to feel safe and prosper. We all have dreams and aspirations. We all have a soul!

Our identities and the way we are separated and divide ourselves are aspects of our egos. By working on ourselves and taking control back from our egos, we take steps on the journey to unity.

United we stand, divided we fall.

Mark- The Alchemist’s Journey

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