I watched the latest James Bond blockbuster, “Skyfall” this week.
Spoiler alert: If you intend to see “Skyfall“, do not read on.
I remarked to my wife that the best part of the movie was when Adele sang the theme song. She replied, “No, I don’t think so - leaving was the best part.”
Our world today is awash with violence - at home, in schools, in sports, in media, in politics, in organizations – and between countries, religions, beliefs, genders and values.
Simultaneously, we celebrate violence in our media and yet decry it in the world – especially when it trespasses into our personal world. It is almost as if we cheer on violence when it is in someone else’s world, but protest it when it is in ours.
Changing this begins within each of us. Early in the movie “Skyfall”, one of the most gratuitously violent scenes (of many) that takes place occurs when a women is sadistically and deliberately murdered in “a game” of Russian roulette - if we celebrate and glamorize this, we accept and approve of gratuitous violence to women.
If we aspire to something better for humanity, if we believe in inspiring others to set examples that make us joyful, provide meaning and make the world a better place, then we all need to do better than this. And if we want to nourish our souls, and become leaders who nourish the souls of others, we might start by avoiding this piece of violent trash. By shielding our spirit from this energy, we will each accept personal responsibility for becoming inspiring leaders.