You Can Change the World

We live in the culture of “whatever you can get away with.” It thrives all around us and permeates every aspect of life in the vast majority of households in the USA. People who do not think this way still find themselves falling into ‘everyone does it.’

Of course, we all know that “you can’t change city hall.” So this then, is the future? The downward spiral we see historically with every large Empire? Rise to prosperity & civilization then sink into decadence & obscurity? Is it our turn?

There is one hope alone that I can see. Forget changing city hall. Look to yourself and commit to taking responsibility for your life, your actions. Do what you know is right & just. (We do know when we shouldn’t do something, don’t we? The affair that happens by ‘accident’ is an act of lying to ourselves.) Teach honesty to your children by your word and by your actions. Remember the saying “A man’s word is his bond?” It never changed. But somehow we have forgotten.

We can change the world by changing ourselves. It isn’t just our neighbor who cheats on income tax, or runs the red light, or drinks & drives, or looks at kiddie porn, or smokes weed, or lies to the insurance company, or overlooks the trash on the sidewalk, or buys stuff knowing that bankruptcy is coming soon, or ‘steals’ cable, or a million other little things that we pretend to ourselves don’t really matter, it is us.

As Pogo said, “We have met the enemy and he is us”. Pogo author, cartoonist Walt Kelly told us all the truth. In allowing yourself to follow a path you know is wrong what is being done to the subconscious? The internal recriminations and guilt kill self image. Years ago I was taught an acronym for LSMFT. My dad died of lung cancer smoking four packs of ‘Luckies’ a day. He was a chain smoker, lighting one from the other. Commercials for the cigarette advertised: “Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco” (LSMFT.) Try this meaning instead: Low Self-esteem Means Friction and Trouble. Now that’s real.

There would be no drug problem if people stopped buying drugs. I know, DUH! Forget those addicted, if so called recreational use of illegal drugs stopped, the cartels, terrorists, and other criminal groups that rely on that money would slowly fold after eliminating each other trying to hold onto the small remaining traffic. And how many new addicts would there be without an initial casual usage anyway?

Would your city, town, state, whatever, be clean and attractive if we all picked up any trash within 5 feet of us and stopped tossing it down to start with? There are thousands of other comparisons that occur to me, and I am sure you can think of even more.

But, it all starts with one concept. Individual responsibility. The belief that “I can affect the world around me.”

When we take up that feeling of “I can make a difference” we actually do make a difference. Don’t try to change the world, change yourself. Stop hanging around with people who refuse personal responsibility. As you and your family move on, others will follow your lead. The world did not get this way overnight but we can change it with this simplistic notion.

Yes, You Can Change the World. How? By knowing this: You Can Change Your World.

Do the right thing. Right now, today, and then tomorrow too.

A final thought. If you feel this is all an over-simplification of our problems and it can’t work – hear this:

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it”;
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.” by Edgar A. Guest


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