Determination in itself is a great attribute to posses, it enables us to move forward with conviction towards a goal. To persevere through trials and to keep our heads above water, but when that determination is aimed in the wrong direction it can have devastating results.

Last night, once again, we were woken up by squealing and fighting hamsters. Our two DO NOT get along! When we got them we envisioned the two of them living peacefully and cuddling together, we did not however count on getting two strong willed and determined little miscreants. They are pleasant and docile towards us but put them together and all hell breaks lose. We separated them in the cage by means of a vertical mesh, but alas, they made a way by day 2 of getting at each other. So we decided to do an upstairs and downstairs conversion to the cage. Again without success. Their determination to have each others space and food led them to find, by any means, the smallest of spaces to crawl through, leaving in their wake bruises, scrapes and bleeding wounds and us sleep deprived. They are now in separate cages all together.

They have an excuse though, they are animals. Us humans however have been gifted with the ability to discern and comprehend the emotional consequences of our actions. We have the intellectual ability when we so choose, to process the possible impact of our actions before we take them….do we though?

In society today it has become evident that for the most part, we have lost our humanity. Peoples determination has been aimed at self gratification, materialism and the pursuit of glory. The determination to fill our days chasing success in work and play has led people to speedily disobey road laws, driving up the wrong side of the road, jumping red traffic lights and stop streets and causing collisions. Their determination to be first leaving in its wake financial strain and even death.

The determination of others to climb the corporate ladder, regardless of who they have walked on to get to the next step. They leave behind the emotional strain of neglected family and embittered co-workers. Some have a determination to have it all, the big house, fancy cars and more stuff than they know what to do with, neglecting to see the needs of those around them.

Those others who have a determination to see change, to help and care as a community, the way it should be. They are often regarded as troublemakers, outcasts and rebellious because they do not subscribe to society as it is.

I fear for what will become of this world, what our children’s children will suffer at the hands of this so called society if the focus is not soon changed from self gratification and material gain to self worth and the needs of the greater community.