In the New Year: Eyes on the Prize
2012/12/31 5 Comments
Here’s a neat idea. Well, if we wanted our world censored: The Words That Will Be Banished in 2013.
What words would you censor? I thought words that have been on previous lists such as “like,” “totally,” and “whatever” might be nice. Like, totally. Whatever.
Now if we wanted to banish things rather than words that’s something else. For example, banishing the word “Murdoch” wouldn’t eliminate subjective journalism. But what if we banished subjective journalism? There are lots of bad things we could put on a banish list to improve the world, but I’d rather put good things on a support list. It seems more constructive to work towards something positive than away from something negative. Eyes on the prize, and all that.
So let’s turn this around. Rather than words you would banish, what words would you support? These might be words that should come up in conversation more often, that should be included as a perspective in all news coverage, that should be included during all lessons in school, and that should be included in all business plans. What if we start with words like “compassion,” “peace,” “hunger,” “biodiversity,” “grandchildren,” “share,” and “happiness.” Imagine the incredible and wide-ranging impact that new perspective would bring.
If you think about it, the words being supported right now in news coverage, business plans, sermons, and school lessons around the world seem to be “profit” or “inflame,” and sometimes both. Maybe in 2013 we can turn this around, simply by replacing “profit” with “sustain,” and “inflame” with “humane.” That would be a great start to a truly Happy New Year. Word.