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September 29, 2021

Ignore your inner child

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When we were two years old, and someone took our toy, we got upset, we screamed and fought to get our toy back. ‘Mine!’, we said. But then we matured and learned about sharing. Sharing is giving ourselves the chance to see the world through someone else’s eyes and honouring that they are just as important as us, with their own desires and needs. By sharing we can make them feel good. By putting aside our own personal desires for a short time, we can make them feel included, better, loved. We have learned to move out of the child-centred ‘me’ and into the collective of ‘we’.

The farmers’ markets were cancelled this week because people did not wear masks and wanted to take a stand against the erosion of their individual freedoms. What I would like to say to those people is: please take a moment to see where this thought comes from within yourself.

The result of these actions is that the markets have closed, and many farmers cannot now sell their produce, and many people will end up shopping at the multi-national supermarkets instead. So, I ask you to please put aside your child for a short time. It’s not a big thing to put on a mask for a short time whilst you are out, (whether you believe it to be a valid thing or not); and to keep your distance when you enter a space that is to be shared by many people. Let’s be the community we would like to be and care for each other.

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