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May 7, 2015

Think About It: Slipping Away

On the surface, I hear more and more people suggest that Honolulu is looking like just about any other major city these days- with on-going concerns about housing, traffic, the environment, homelessness, jobs, our kids' futures here, resources… the list goes on and on. Quietly, people seem more pre-occupied with some of these life issues, and while that can lead to angst and uncertainty, it might optimistically lead to creativity and solutions.

But if we are going to experience city life in the 21st century with issues that so many other major metropolitan areas are dealing with, let's not lose one of the biggest things that allows us to stand apart and perhaps deal with all of this in a more civil atmosphere. Yes, that would be aloha spirit, something which is sadly in a little bit of short supply when you talk to far too many people nowadays.  I've heard people lament how people simply aren't as nice as they used to be. Whether it's our new reality or simply the impressions of people further put upon by life's harsh realities, the perception eventually becomes the reality. Are we really less friendly here?

Unlike gas prices, visitor counts, and world situations, our attitudes are something we have complete control over. While individual situations might be difficult or even somewhat overwhelming, how we deal with our circumstances and the people around us says a lot about defining our character as a community. If we lose our aloha spirit, however you define that concept, if we abandon our unique sense of common decency, our ability to be empathetic, we then surely risk becoming like far too many cynical, over-burdened and hardened cities across the ocean? And that's not why we choose to be here, right? Think about it…

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