We have so many big problems that need solutions. We have War, Poverty, Hunger, and Disease. We have huge environmental issues such as Global Warming, the Energy Crisis, Pollution, and Animal Extinctions. We also have large political disputes over things like GMO's, Fracking, Solar Power, Gun Control, Medical Care, Equal Rights and Immigration.
Many groups concerned with Earth's ecology and the political policies which govern it, have attempted to change the way we do things - with minimal success. The latest crusade-of-the-moment gets press for awhile and then quickly fades into obscurity - replaced by the next "great campaign." Leaders arise, spout their rhetoric and make solemn promises for change that they can't begin to deliver.
It won't emerge via committee decision. It is more likely that such transformation in the way we run things - if it ever happens - will come about unexpectedly with the force of an explosion!
But, this will only take place AFTER a series of disasters arouses public fury. Only then, will world governments begin to work together to solve problems. Only then, because adopting new policies is the only way those in power will survive, will solutions be actively sought. People have to be forced to change.
I'd like to believe that everything will eventually work out the way it's supposed to, but I can't think like that. That's not even really thinking - it's wishing. I'm too old and jaded to trust that what is good, and what is right ,will always win out in the end.
So, what can one person do? Do we give up? Do we simply put our hearts in a blender and watch the world spin around into a beautiful oblivion? The correct answer is: NO
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I believe that even though we may not see evidence of our impact on the world in newpaper headlines, it doesn't make our individual influence any less. We come into contact with many people and are part of events every day. Everything is connected. The way we act causes little ripples in the universe.
We can choose to cause good ripples by treating others with kindness and acting responsibly, or bad ripples by being greedy, selfish jerks. It's up to us to at set the example. We can either be a good role model, or serve as a horrible warning.