I’m having a bit of a rant today. I hope you will indulge me. It doesn’t happen often but the events of the past few days in Vancouver have preyed on my mind.
A picture is worth a thousand words, or so they say. But, for the life of me I can’t think what this picture is saying to me. I only know I’m appalled and sad beyond words when I look at it.
I believe that leadership begins with each of us, from the inside out. That’s why I call this blog You’re Not the Boss of Me, because in the end, we are led by our choices and we influence others through our own behaviour.
When I look at this young woman, I wonder to what extent she appreciates the impact this picture, captured forever, will have on her life. I wonder too if she has yet to learn the lesson of balance…not the work/life kind, but the rights/responsibilities kind.
How many others are out there who feel entitled enough to see nothing wrong with this image?
She may say, “We were only having fun”, but her city is being trashed and she is smiling and posing in a way that suggests she doesn’t care…that her only concern is to have a souvenir to show her friends.
I, for one, find that frightening.
Of course, this one young woman does not speak for the myriad of other young men and women everywhere who are doing great things for both themselves and others. I worry though that more of us are neglecting to teach our children some of the basic lessons of living a rewarding and responsible life.
How could it be that when interviewed about being charged with looting, another young woman was heard to say to the press, “Somebody gave me the purse. I knew it was stolen but I took it anyway. There’s nothing wrong with that. I didn’t steal it.”
This country is rife with privilege and plenty. Those who fail to instill gratitude, responsibility and compassion for others in their children are doing them a huge disfavour and the rest of the world a disservice.
Leadership begins with us. And it begins at home.
What do you think?