Our Voices Will Be Heard

Edward HaleIf you’ve been reading my blog for long then you know that I do not have much time for politics, trends, or controversial topics. I tend to take a micro-level view of life instead of a macro-level. I believe that if we can get right with ourselves – do what we can do on a daily basis and enough of us do that – then it will spread from our immediate circle of influence to others until it makes a difference on a larger scale.

But only if we actually do something to help – every day.

I have heard people say that they don’t – insert a socially conscious action here – because it won’t make a difference. Their voice won’t be heard. It would only be a waste of time because the Earth is dying anyway.

To that I say, ‘bull shit’. Every movement had to start with one person. Every movement had to start in a town or city. Every movement had to start with someone deciding they had had enough and wanted change. And then they took action.

It is so easy to sit around complaining about what’s wrong with the world, society, government, environment, without actually thinking about ways to improve it. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless. The problems we’re facing now as a society are huge and can’t be solved by just one person.

I guess that’s why it’s good we have almost 8 billion people on this giant rock…

I suppose that’s why I focus on the things that I can change. Things I can make better and hopefully provide an example to the people I know. To the people I bump into while I’m out and about. It’s not about having the big stage. It’s not about the 15 minutes of fame. Cause let’s face it, no matter what we do we’re probably not ever going to be a household name. And, so what?

Isn’t it better to lessen our carbon footprint, show kindness when it’s least expected, raise our kids to respect themselves and others no matter who’s watching? You know, do what we know is right even if there isn’t any recognition or reward. Because if enough of us choose to live this way there will be a cumulative effect. Soon we will have a majority of people who want change, who demand more eco-friendly products, who demand fair and just treatment for everyone.

And once the demand becomes great enough the powers that be will have no choice but to meet it with a better supply. Change will happen. Our voices will be heard.

And it all starts with us!!

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