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Is There Any Common Sense or Inspiration Left for This Generation?

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Statue of John Lennon in public park, Vedado, ...

Reading the newspaper today, I am struck dumb by the lack of common sense and righteousness of today’s society.

The Phone Hacking Scandals, the state of the British economy, the rights for terror suspects, Tunisia, Hezbollah being in power in Lebanon, unrest in Egypt and other Arab countries run by dictators which if ousted may then have a government run by other terror organizations and wave upon wave of environmental disasters.

If there was ever a time to think that the Apocalypse is coming you would not be alone in your thinking that we have never been closer to a cataclysmic catastrophe than at the present time.

Looking back over the years there has always been war, corruption, violence, environmental disasters and the rest but has there ever been a time when so much of the above is happening all at the same time?

In times gone by there have always been Inspiration People to show us the beauty, poetry and love that IS within the world, it eases the soul into believing in something better, takes your mind off the bad and helps keep faith that there is some sort of goodness, light, love and hope out there and that they're working towards making a difference.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (26.8.1919-5.9.1997)...

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Where are the Martin Luther King’s, the Gandhi's, the Mother Teresa’s and the John Lennon’s of today??

Why are governments and the people so swayed by mob mentality and influenced by idiotic rules, and ignorant ideals?

Is there any Common Sense and people who stand up for righteousness left in today’s world?

Don’t get me wrong — not all things that are spoon fed to the public via some medias (which I will not name... ahem... The Sun) are wrong but in today’s society when information is so readily available why do the majority of people not want to make an informed decision instead of believing all that is vomited out by these self-serving, money making conglomerates.

When I look at today’s society what I see is erosion... erosion of ideals and principles that should have been used as building blocks for a better future, not something that needed to be replaced by ridiculous laws, procedures, paperwork and bureaucracy which complicates things under the guise of making things “work better”.

Gone were the days when if you fell and hurt yourself it was your own daft fault. Gone are the days when if you broke the Law then you were punished and by punished I mean you have your rights taken away. (Not to say that I am in any way shape or form pro corporal punishment but when I was a nipper and I did something wrong I was punished by having my rights taken away, I wasn’t given the ability to cost the whole country millions upon millions of pounds to improve myself in prison. To have more opportunities than some people who haven’t broken the law and are trying to forge and law-abiding life for myself within the state!) Gone are the days when respect was shown to older people and authority. Gone are the days of communities....

What we now have instead are over the top Health and Safety Laws, young people not being taught right from wrong, Governments being swayed by mob mentality and huge amounts of corruption. Prisons which are more of a Youth Club set-up that anything else, and nothing and no one to show us the way of truth, honor and good old fashion values.

Obviously I do not wish for the restrictions and lack of equal opportunities etc of the by-gone era’s to still be in force but instead of keeping the good things that years of fighting for the “right” Rights have achieved and building sensibly upon these and creating a better world for all and then discarding the bad, we seem to have let the “Good” that was in our society fall by the wayside and in its place we have created a web of unnecessary bureaucracy, fickleness and self-indulgence.  

Dr. Martin Luther King giving his

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Now before you all start the hating... (and please be gentle, this is my first written err... opinion) let me please surmise what my ideal world would be...

I would wish for a world with morals, camaraderie with our fellow neighbour, fairness, justice and a general respect and love for all things, from all. I would like to think that I'm a generally nice, thoughtful and respectful kinda girl but I am becoming more and more disheartened at the lack of inspiration, beauty, creativity and general goodness and love that is apparent today.

I know that wishing the world was like this is very naive and probably not even possible with the way things are right now.... But if only there was someone... A prominent person or persons to inspire and to spark that hope and belief that we can have a world like that today... If only we strive and fight together... For the “right” thing... Then anything is possible....

Kuncen's picture


A lovely first article, lloydyspeaks, just brilliant.  It strikes me as very honest, and displays a yearning that many of us feel these days. What does everyone think? Is there any inspiration left in this world?


Bernard's picture


At the risk of sounding trite, I shall quote the Mahatma: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

If you are feeling as though there is no inspiration left in the world, perhaps you just need to create said inspiration.

Anonymous's picture


You are the person you are waiting for.

But I hear the overall point.  The thing is, these kind of people do still exist...they are just unsung.  The unsung heroes.  I know hundreds of them.  It's just that they aren't valued in our society.  What is valued is bling-bling, so we don't see these people, or hear their stories..

lloydyspeaks's picture

I concur

Thank you for your comments, you are right, it is down to one's self to create the inspiration that you feel compelled by.

I have been totally inspired by your comments and also by the fact that all of these unsung heroes and inspiring people are out there, you just have to look harder! Hopefully I am going to create a little bit myself and now I find myself on a quest to inform the world about the unsung heroes, positive technology, innovative design and new radical ideas...


Hewy's picture

Get in lass!

I told you you'd love it on here kid! I love the way you write my Lloydy! My current hero is Noam Chomsky. This may seem to many out there as rather obvious but the man made me realise that there was a reason I saw bullshit everywhere in our society and that what we are told, day in, day out about what's right and what's wrong, what's in and what's out is pretty much all a load of tosh. And as the man always points out you don't have to scratch the surface very hard to realise it's fake.

DaveR's picture


this is a good article, and valid concern of many. I think in many ways obama filled the void for a lot of people. there was a lack of inspiring figures, and then along came this guy with a clear vision for change and hope, and it seemed like it was someone we could believe in. not just americans but anyone who wanted to. He's the last inspiring figure I can think of

Niko's picture

my hero was evel knievel but

my hero was evel knievel but then he died

Anonymous's picture

so did..

Niko wrote:

my hero was evel knievel but then he died

So did Obama, ideologically speaking.

Hewy's picture

Evil... yes!

Evil Knievel was also mine until he invented that blasted toy bike which when used indoors resulted burning my knuckles and when outdoors combined that burning with ingraining of gravel and dirt.

Then I also found out he was e deeply racists and sexist bastard. Which stripped the tarnish off something rotten!

lloydyspeaks's picture

Heroes or Zeros?

It's a sad thing when Heroes don't live up to the hype, or after much of a hullabaloo they turn out to be just as fallible as the rest of us.

All though, I am of the opinion that any hero that can occupy that prized position on our imaginary podiums and for whatever time frame, is surely better than never having any hero at all?

Anonymous's picture

I really needed to read this

I really needed to read this article after this past couple of days.  I am very scared for

my kids and their future in this world.

lloydyspeaks's picture

Looking for the common good

Anonymous wrote:

I really needed to read this article after this past couple of days.  I am very scared for

my kids and their future in this world.

Hi there,

Sorry i haven't reply quickly, I've been busy trying to be the change I want to see in the world, starting with my local community.

I hope that since the passage of time from you writing things have improved and you have found some hope for yourself and your children. It's sad to hear that the world scares people, i guess it always has but if you do look there is hope and goodness out there, it's just not as easy to see. But for your children, you can be their hope and pave the way for their lives to be fruitful and happy.

In relation to the world issue, i feel the same and I'm almost positive that a large percentage of people feel the same. Someone replied to this article by saying to me that "You must be the change you expect to see in the world" and it really resounded inside me. Since then, i now try to do things for others, which have no benefit to myself other than a sense of pleasure and satisfaction for doing something for someone else. And I've also started to voice my opinion and think of ideas which could improve my community, my child's school, my work place, my home and myself. This has also given me a huge amount of pleasure. Instead of whinging that the world is as it is and things are as they are I have decided to be pro-active and try and change some of the things that i think are wrong and actually take part in the world instead of living my life independently of it. 

I hope that you find something which strengths you and your plans for the future and if not I hope that you find some peace in this crazy world.

I thought that i would just post this, it doesn't really have much relevance but i love this passage and think it's a beautiful piece of writing on children and parenting.

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts, 

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, 
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, 
but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children 
as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, 
and He bends you with His might 
that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let our bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, 
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Kuncen's picture

Khalil Gibran

I recognized this immediately as Khalil Gibran - nice!  We almost picked Khalil for our newborn son's name.  Just amazing stuff, always moves me.


Very Funny Short Jokes 's picture

Someday some miracle may happen

The great people/mentors like Martin Luther King’s, the Gandhi's, the Mother Teresa’s and the John Lennon’s get birth only once. WE must get inspiration from them and should try to follow their rules, words and lifestyles. I agree with gone that days statements. Breaking law and getting escape has become practice today. Where the world is going on? Where are all those creative thinkers, passionate leaders and soft hearted people? I hope someday some miracle may happen!