This week the news came out as to what the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year was. It’s a word that’s supposed to reflect on people, happenings and culture of the past year. It was surprising to many people, and disappointing as well. The word? Toxic.
It’s a hard word to hear, isn’t it? I hate that the year can be summed up that way. But, as I said, it’s supposed to be a reflection of what’s going on in the world around us, and I think it is to an extent. You can read the whole story here, but Oxford Dictionary explains that it’s a reflection of cultural, environmental, and relational happenings over the past year, and I agree that it unfortunately does reflect a lot of what has happened and is happening.
The year has been one of great change, great revelation and exposure, more honesty, and more knowledge than we’ve had before. We’ve seen huge strides in the treatment of women with the #metoo movement, we’ve had cases in court over chemicals and their harm to health that have been victories for the victims, we’ve seen more examples than ever before of the changing and strengthening natural environment with record storms.
In some ways I’m thankful and proud of Oxford dictionary stepping up and owning that too much of our world is toxic. Often you have to rip the band-aid off before you can get to healing. I have hopes that 2019 can be a year of healing and peace for our world, one that can help us make even greater strides into being a world of people who work together and support each other for the good of the world we all share together.