CREATIVE PRINCIPLES: "Be Present"
Liberian peace activist, trained social worker, and women’s rights advocate, Leymah Gbowee, shares her profound insight on the value and cost of paying attention. She reflects on how important it is to stay focused in an age where technological advances have transformed the allure of the neighborhood playground into the crowded, busy and obssessive virtual world. We share a space where having access to a camera makes the difference in being present in a moment or living only for the memory of it. A 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, Ms. Gbowee, draws the conclusion that: "The world is losing its human touch." By way of a Facebook status update, she admonishes us to make the best of the time we have now to change the world by staying connected to the giving place within us that strives to be caring human beings in a digitized reality. Her actions speak louder than her words. Unlocking the power of women to lead, she demonstrates that creativity is key to unleashing opportunities for girls--one by one, ...together.
Leymah Gbowee explains why she founded the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa:
THE ONLY TIME IS NOW. https://www.facebook.com/leymahgbowee?fref=nf Being Present:
It is often said that we live in a digitized world and that this world has become a global village as a result. This is very true; the technology that has filled our lives has many positives. However, I believe that the downside is that we are so consumed with technology that we forget to do and say and see the little things that make the world more humane.
Since I lost my dad, my mother has been staying with my family; most times she is at home with my kids when my husband or I have to travel. I often call to check and see what is going on and how they are doing. She replies, “The devil is here.” I didn’t really understand what she meant, so I asked one day. She said, “All this iPhone, iPad, Facebook, TV, earbuds – these things are the devil. They were created for good, but the devil has turned them into objects of evil. Families no longer talk with each other; children don’t know how to keep normal conversation or play like children used to play. We all live in the same house but we are strangers.” Hearing her say this in her typical Liberian accent made it amusing, but it was a true food for thought...
I began to pay more attention to my own technological habits at home, in restaurants and in my own life, and it dawned on me that I was as bad as the kids – minus the ear buds. I was constantly checking my emails and phones... I became more observant as I went about my activities and I have been amazed at how absent all of us are from the spaces we find ourselves in. We go to concerts, games and other fun activities and are so consumed with recording what we are doing that we never really enjoy the moment by being present there. I have a larger worry, too. The world is losing its human touch. Because so many of us are turned inward, I fear that the current level of selfishness and indifference to human suffering will continue to grow. Can we let go of our obsession with technology and “Be Present” again? I believe that “being present” will help us see the changing world, the hungry souls, the depressed faces – things we need to see if we want to change them, and to give people hope in humanity. For more updates, follow https://www.facebook.com/GboweePeaceFoundationAfrica
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