Sitting in starbucks, hot cuppa cradled in my hand, laptop in front of me. It’s a slice of heaven that may be possible only for a brief moment in the whole of human history – because this moment I could so easily call ‘mine’ is a house of cards.
Lets start with me. Despite the envious eyes of passers-by on their way to work, there’s the fact that my next paycheck is as yet unheard of. I’m drinking coffee I technically can’t afford. I had to sneak past my sleeping wife to even get a taste of it.
There’s the technological aspect of having a laptop. It’s probably the second most volatile ingredient in my iconic adventure. The materials to make this machine come form all over the world, as do the materials that create the Brisbane power grid and the myriad communication hubs my internet is coming and going through.
As well as the raw materials, there’s the labour – supported by an economy that at the moment is booming – thanks to international appreciation of Australia’s natural resources.
You get the picture. It’s marvellous, what we can do today. But we shouldn’t assume we can do it tomorrow. Make the most of what the world has given you to use – there might just be a purpose for it.
Look beyond your immediate needs to the underlying needs of our world. Educate yourself and act within your means to grow the awareness that we can prevent whatever problem it is you choose to focus on.
Work a little magic into your day, with the help of the house of cards. When it falls, things will be different, but we will still be there – and we better have learned a few things.
Thanks to Esther Gibbons for the pic.