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Jenny Gilmore’s WITADA

When I was quite young and I saw a falling star or blew the candles out on a cake, I would always make the same wish. I would wish that every person in the world could feel about themselves the same as someone who really loves them. I wished for this because I believed that it would lead to a better world for everyone. I believed that it would end all violence. I knew even back then that violence is caused by people’s pain and the lack of a positive sense of self.

I really do think and dream about a world where misuse of power is not tolerated and where people are more often than not, compassionate and non-judgemental of themselves and others. I don’t believe that happy people hurt others at least not without remorse and reflection on how to change and do things differently.

I believe that there is something fundamentally wrong with the way we live and the emphasis placed on profit and greed over human kindness and fulfilment. I want apathy to be replaced with agency, greed to be replaced with generosity, and judgement to be replaced with understanding and compassion.

I believe that there is something very important about living a purposeful and intentional life – not just drifting along and living unconsciously, but actually taking change of our lives and making the most of every moment. Unlike all other species we have the capacity for conscious awareness, to understand why we do what we do and therefore to change things if we like. But I don’t believe that we use this capacity to its fullest. For me, this capacity for conscious awareness and reflection means that things can change, that we can make changes in our own lives and in the ways that we all live together.

One of the things I have hoped and dreamt about is that there could be a place where people who share this passion could come together to develop their ideas and eventually translate them into meaningful action. I used to think that Universities could be this place but some years ago I realised this was no longer the case. Since then I’ve been searching for the best way to do this and it is my hope and dream that WITADA might be that place. I believe it is only through deepening our understanding of the complexity of issues of injustice that we will find effective actions to change them.

This is what I think and dream about.

Jenny