I am a leadership development guy. I work with tens of thousands of young people every year. I try and help them understand that they have the ability to make their life and the world that they live in better. I try and teach understanding, tolerance, compassion and of course the idea of dreaming BIG. This generation more than ever needs to believe the world can and will heal and become a more humane place.
I will be 100% transparent, I am not American, I am Canadian. There are negative people that live in both countries and I would choose not to ever associate with them. You are who you spend time with. That’s a fact, that’s science.
I have decided to retire from actively being part of Facebook. I will still be on the periphery as our company has a presence there. We need to communicate with clients and staff so we have to be part of it. But, as for me, I am done (for now).
In my feed every day, I see the ridiculousness of the US election. I watch the clips. In fact now Facebook will just keep playing similar clips continuously if you let it. You get to see the racism, bigotry and the weird, untrue, random statements that Donald Trump and to be fair, many other politicians make. It brings me down, gets me angry and make me sad. I have great friends in the United States. I think of many of them as family. I respect them. I worry about the future of their country. You see running a country is different than running a Casino or being on a reality TV show.
Sadly, I also find myself commenting and sharing in the negativity. I don’t want to be part of that tribe. Everyone needs to feel like they belong to something. Be part of a group. Donald Trump is the “leader” of a group of people that don’t really understand the complexity of the world. It’s not black and white and it’s not the strongest person that usually wins. It’s usually the calmest person, with the long game in mind that out-lasts the hate, fear mongering and fact-less “truths”.
I am honoured to be a Canadian. I know it’s not a perfect country. Very aware. It is interesting though that Justin Trudeau was elected on a platform of change, hope and opportunity. I am 100% sure that he will not succeed with every promise he made. He can’t. The world, economy, environment and global political structure changes so quickly that what is thought to be right or the trend in one year will change in the next.
So, while sifting through the garbage on Facebook today I came across this beautiful picture.
The Prime Minister of our country, carefully helping Mauril Belanger, a Member of Parliament, who has ALS (remember the Ice Bucket Challenge?), to the Speakers Chair. He wanted to be the speaker of the house, his dream. The Canadian government made that dream a reality. The entire house stood and applauded. I was moved.
A beautiful moment of humanity amongst the disappointing and negative displays put on daily by Donald Trump and his many colleagues. It reminded me that I need to surround myself with good. One of those “people” that influences you and I could be Facebook. So I am taking a leave from it.
As I reflect on this picture, I can’t help but think, would Donald Trump call him a “loser”? If it suited him I think he would. You see Mauril, is a liberal, similar to Democrat. So, that by simple association would make him bad. Yes I am assuming he might say that, but from what recent history would suggest it’s very possible.
What’s worse though, is the fact that thousands would probably cheer Mr. Trump on while he put the man down. That’s wrong.
That’s not leadership, that’s not what humanity should be about. That’s not what a “leader” would do and that’s not what I want to surround myself with.
Life is too short. I have much to do.
I choose STUpendous over STUpid.
Peace out FB!