Trust is one of a few elemental forces that holds our world together; it’s glue for our society. Trust in leaders cements relationships by allowing people to live and work together, feel safe and belong to a group.
But in the midst of ’fake news,’ financial scandals and leaders misbehaving, many of us have lost trust in political, business and community leaders.
If we feel that our confidence in conventional leaders and politicians has been eroded, who do we turn to?
The harsh reality is that we have no one to trust, but ourselves. When we make a conscious decision to embrace our own power instead of waiting for permission from a larger community, we free ourselves to act. We become activists for ourselves, for others, for our communities..
The notion of activism has evolved from groups of hard-core fighters to powerful individuals and ‘influencers’ consciously taking responsibility and standing up for what is right and living it through their daily choices. This new brand of warrior must have faith that their efforts, combined with others acting both separately and together for the common good, will deliver large-scale change.
An "ethical turn" is needed, a surge in popular activism accompanied by broad democratic demands and institutional reforms that mark a new era of ethical concern in our daily lives. But who will make it happen?
Is it possible for one person to make a difference in the world?