Currently, I am obsessed with the show Man In The High Castle. Just in case you have missed this epic piece of awesomeness, the whole basis of the show centers around Germany and Japan winning World War II. In this alternate reality, Japan occupies the west side of the United States and Germany placed their home base on the east side. Throughout each episode, the characters make choices that in turn affect not only their lives but everyone around them. Whether it is in an alternate reality or real life each action has a reaction. It could be good or bad, but it makes you question what would you do?
We all put ourselves into these scenarios thinking that we would do the “right thing” if the roles were reversed but it is human nature to react in self-preservation verse protection. Of course, there are exceptions to that rule – a parent and a child or siblings, but if you think about it that is family. If you had a choice to stop your family from getting shot versus 20 children who are strangers who are you going to choose?
The United States is throwing around hate left and right thinking that it is going to fix the issues we have as a country. Is an egotistical and hateful man president – yes. Did he get voted into office based on fear, hate, and hope for change – yes. Now before you jump down my throat, I said hope for change, not hope for good change. The majority of society doesn’t understand what real struggle is like and no I’m not talking about not having the latest iPhone. I’m talking about not having enough food for your family even after working 12 hours a day week after week. We go back to what I said at the beginning which is the majority of people do things for their own self-preservation, not for the greater good of society. So, here is my political message – the sooner you understand others reasons for their choices and decisions, the better you can arm yourself with a defense to get them to see a different side that could be better for them.
We question the what if – What if the trade centers were never hit by terrorists would US soldiers be fighting in the Middle East? If Hillary Clinton was president we think things would be different because she cares more about the people than about business? We put hope into people making selfless acts, but 80% of people are not like that. Living in Los Angeles I see it every day from the way most LA drivers put everyone at risk with their recklessness because they are late, to a young person not giving up their seat on the train for an older handicap adult who is fitting to stand up. Don’t get me wrong I do the same thing when I see homeless people begging on the street. LA numbs you to certain things as you see some people who really need help and others that are playing the system. Plus, the first thing I think is I work hard for my money why would I give it to some random person I don’t know. Society isn’t selfless. In my entire 30 years of life, I have met one man who was selfless and that was my grandfather. Someone who I’ve never known to act in his own self-interest but in everyone else’s. We think about stories the way that they could be like it is a story of another us. An image of hope. The thought that an alternate reality could be better, but it could be worse in other ways. The song by 5 Seconds of Summer (The Story of Another Us) goes:
“One last stitch and new beginnings
So take this heart, put yourself in it
The surprise ending I’m depending on
Could be the story of another us”
Be the change you want to see in others. Be the inspiration to create hope for someone else. Just like in physics for every action, there is a reaction. Your choice could change the course of one person’s life which could change the whole world. “…bet on people. No matter what the world said, who they were, who they should be…One selfless act of love and hope. That is what I put my money on.” – The Man In The High Castle