Labour Views – November 9, 2016
Written by: Alexander Lambrecht,
President, Northern Territories Federation of Labour

Humanities Collective Objectives – Because it’s almost 2017

It’s almost the end of 2016, and soon we’ll be hearing “Because, it’s 2017”, yet every time I hear this I can’t help but think that the year is irrelevant in justifying the removal of systemic barriers within our outdated form of social governance – especially when humanity struggles to meet the basic needs of every human alive at this very moment in a system that perpetuates corruption and inequality.

We live at a time when innovation is constantly changing the way we live, the possibilities are only limited to what we can imagine is possible – can you imagine humanity working collectively to meet the basic needs of every human?

Collective Action or Collaboration is not without its challenges: diversity of knowledge and beliefs contributes to misunderstandings, which turn into conflict that gets woven into preconceived ideas and assumptions that if gone unchecked can become toxic and work against a crucial element of humanities continued prosperity or add to its demise – think about your workplace and how diversity and a lack of understanding creates tension and conflict; now think about what it would take on a global scale to get people to start using non-judgemental observation.

Throughout history there have been good and bad times – we are at another one of those times where the collective action we take will evolve our society into its next stage of … well hopefully an age of collective prosperity where we value the earth and its finite resources; cares for all people; ensures no barriers to education or healthcare; and where humanity throws out the labels that continue to divide us and add to the existing stigma, attitudes, and ignorance that exists in this world.

Countless societies have come before ours that have risen and fallen – will ours be different? or will we fall like so many before us and it will be left to the history books to define our greatest failing despite our technological discoveries? Welcome to the world of big picture thinking!

We have seen many forms of governance in the world and they all have their weaknesses – the basis for any free and democratic form of governance must value critical thinking, civil rights, and privacy. By now, some readers may be shaking their heads or thinking of various ‘isms’, but I implore you to suspend your judgement, be observant to the facts and challenge your bias.

It’s a difficult thing for some people to imagine a society without a status quo – and I use to believe that the world was the way it was and nothing could change it; simply not true, never will be, and never has been. Your thoughts are what create your reality, that is affected by your perception which is shaped by your view of the external world – the stimulus for your internal world; that fight or flight response that is engrained in DNA.

One of the greatest innovations has been the internet – it provides a medium for global collaboration and has always been a catalyst for change; the internet’s ability to collect and share information is the 21st century’s underground railroad that will save humanities freedom.

Overall, when you take a few steps back from a micro to a macro reality to consider the various layers of perception, and the historical social problems that have plagued humanity to see history repeating itself with similar yet exponentially increasing inequality, poverty and division of humanity – at what stage will our current societies revolution occur?

We still have a lot of work ahead to ensure our collective future is prosperous for all humans – one that is fair, affirms equal rights, and has a broader culture of respect for differences.