Changing the World: Politics and Beyond

I’m not a big political person.  I don’t really care for all the speeches and maybe-promises and bashing of other candidates.  I do vote and I do appreciate the democratic nation we live in that allows us to vote for the person we think is best for the job.  It would be my preference if we’d all be able to go to one website and see the list of all available candidates and what they stand for and skip the baby-kissing, stage fighting and nasty ads, and then go and vote when the time came.  Simple, straightforward and stress free.

That I can even consider something like that is really amazing: before the internet came to be something that’s accessible by most people either through a phone or their local library it wasn’t possible and the speeches, ads and traveling were necessary to get the word to everyone whereas now anything’s possible practically.  But the blessing extends far beyond the political realm, it affects everyone and everything from school to health to work.  It means we can now learn from people in Australia here in the USA at any point in time and in a timely manner.  It means that we can be updated about the lives of our troops wherever they are around the world and they can stay involved in the lives of their families.  It means that we can easily connect with people of like-minds and not have to be alone to deal with our fears and issues.  It means that now more than ever we’ve got the power to change the world.

People will lie, they’ll tell you what they think you want to hear and they’ll tell you what makes them look the best. But what I’ve found is that there are more people who want the very best for you than those who lie, that more people than ever want the world to be a better place for the next generation, and more people than ever are willing and able to speak up and support that transformation.

It won’t happen today or tomorrow, but I have faith that with each loving and supportive social media post, with every gathering of friends and family, with every virtual joining, with each business invested in the community and not just the bottom line, with each environmentally friendly decision we will begin to change the world.

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” Robin Williams


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