Yesterday was Holocaust memorial day, a time in humanity’s history when humanity demonstrated its capacity for evil.
Today the pandemic across the world has demonstrated how humanity, can have a capacity for great goodness. Albeit in localised contexts. WE must also recognise that everyone of us in every situation has the capacity to respond differently dependent on our own context.
Context is everything. A simple reading of the German Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, demonstrates how the crowd can have a massive impact on the choices of the individual. The moral maze of life causes us to reflect afresh in every situation.
We make moral decisions on perhaps lesser stark situations on a daily basis. The problem is we fail to recognise this and therefore can blindly make decisions without reflecting why. Which is why and how atrocities like the Holocaust can happen.
If we were told that by spending five minutes a day reflecting on our decisions, our visions for a better future, and that five minutes would enable us to make better decisions we would take that five minutes wouldn’t we. Five minutes away from ur mobile devices, five minutes less on social media, perhaps five minutes longer in the bathroom. A simple five minutes of self reflection. Some may call it prayer, others mindfulness, others meditation, others downtime. Whatever we call it, take five minutes a day, to stop, and in stopping we open our eyes the choices before us, cos not everything in life is a forgone conclusion.