Updated: Nov 27, 2020
Death and rebirth is an inherent and inescapable fact of life.
We see it in the ways Indigenous communities scorch the earth to welcome new life.
We see it in planetary and life cycles.
We see it in spiritual cycles.
We also see it in economic cycles with a recession every 8-10 years.
It’s a natural and very destructive part of capitalist economies. Economies can only inflate so much before it can no longer sustain itself and flatlines.
But after the flatline and destruction comes the rebirth.
New social norms.
Creation and innovation.
A purging of what wasn’t working.
A pause and healing of industries.
Of our planet.
The extreme capitalism.
Unbalanced home/work life.
Sometimes we cling to saving the old world because it’s what’s we know. It’s what comfortable and predictable pain instead of unknown growth. There is no doubt the death and grief we’re experiencing is painful as fuck across the board. Doing everything possible to cling to something dying instead of accepting what is and embracing what could be will drive a lot of us insane. More than we already are. Some businesses, some industries, some old ways of living are going to die, some will evolve, and some will suffer immensely. This is a matter of fact.
A lot of us are walking around paralyzingly afraid of death. We avoid it; we disconnect from our food chain, we shield ourselves from real news, we don’t address our last will until we’re on our death beds, we store elder people away in homes and then embalm them to look alive at their funeral. It’s too uncomfortable.
We also forget that death is not just in the decaying of our physical bodies, though.
It’s a life cycle.
It’s a business cycle.
It’s a financial cycle.
It’s a planetary and star cycle.
I challenge us to always figure out ways we can dismantle the old world while building a new one. The world we were in was not working for us. When it comes to hospitality, I have never heard anyone say they love the way they’re treated, only that it’s a necessary means to cash and “family.
But most people are focused solely on saving the structure that was literally exploiting and oppressing you instead of looking within at the depth of skills you’ve acquired from this and knowing your worth and capabilities are beyond one industry.
A lot of people are scared of change, scared of learning new skills, scared of challenging themselves, they have literally used up all their energy defending businesses that would replace them in a heartbeat.
Businesses will be lost.
Life will be lost.
Social norms will be lost.
And in their place will come better, more inclusive, fair, accessible ways of life.
But only if we nurture the soil, the roots, and the foundation of a new world instead of gluing fallen leaves to a dying plant.
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