Make the world better for free! No cost to you!!!by Pat Alvarez on Feb. 11, 2012, under Bits and Bytes I Can't Fit Anywhere Else
Today I was thinking. I know you saw smog over Tucson, but it wasn’t me. I think each of us could change the world. I know there are others out there who think the same thing.
You hear that most of us are feeling there is something lacking today…the world isn’t what it was some years ago. It doesn’t seem safe for children. There’s more suspicion, judgment and paranoia. It’s easier for one zealot to end the world…if they can develop or afford the weapons we already have in our Universe.
The world has changed. You’re not imagining it. We’re bigger now. Our piece of the planet isn’t Tucson, or Arizona, or the United States or Europe; our world is the whole enchilada…need I translate?
We feel we lack something…and sometimes can’t define what it is. I consider myself blessed. I have a life partner who is loving, patient and ethical. I still sense black holes. I applaud those of you who can fill the gaps with organized religion. I can’t. I want to believe, I still pray, and I damn hope there is a God or a higher power. I’ve experienced too many good people hurt, too many children lost to sad things, too much pain. Inequities exist…we don’t all have the same basics…the same advantages to start with. It is harder for me to believe in divine benevolence.
Change is good. I get bored and like to keep things fresh. Some of the transformations that bloomed out of technology allowing us instant media communication (before anything is confirmed) suck. Jobs aren’t what they used to be, workers aren’t treated like treasured contributors. The nuclear family as it was in the fifties is rarer. Young people are different. Old people are not like the grandparents back in the day.
Life is harder to negotiate and tiring, in spite of all the new appliances and conveniences of modern life. Someone recently told me the people today who were born in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s grew up with different access to the world…they are internet babies and bombarded with information all the time. It’s hard for them.
They said that in the 50’s and 60’s we weren’t exposed to all this crap. Hello, I remember when President Kennedy was shot, the Cuba missile crisis… and I was in elementary school. During the 60s, 70s’ and 80’s we were redefining gender roles, sexuality, racial attitudes and ourselves. Families hid painful human truths because of shame. If you were different you hid it.
Each of us, from every country…every background…came to the US and had to endure. Few of us can trace our lineage back to the settling fathers/mothers of our country. As each new group arrived, they had to force their way in, work as hard as they could and spend time being low on the human totem pole.
We all need to make a conscious effort to make this a better world. It is up to us, as a nation, a people, to know what we each want and then to give it to each other.
Our country was built on tolerance, freedom, individuality and sacrifice. People made great sacrifices to come here, to establish a life, to build family. When they came here they served in our armed forces – either because it was a requirement of citizenship, they were protecting their own… or it was the right thing to do. Where many of us came from humanity couldn’t survive and prosper due to famine, turbulence, war, poverty, crop failures, and/or religious prosecution. I don’t care what your heritage is …we all come from the same Human race.
I can’t always get what I want. You can’t and we can’t. But, if you think in terms of how you want to be treated and act that way, whether someone is watching or not….then you can give others what they most need and preserve us. You do have control.
How about starting today … smile at one stranger. How about starting today say hello to someone you pass on the street and with a smile that says I know you, you are the same as me.
How about, today, you ask one person “How are you” and mean it and listen? How about, just for today, you don’t see age when you interact with another human being? Why don’t we respect our elders and learn from their lives and encourage our young people. We were all ridiculous and seemed to be living on another planet at some point growing up? Agreed. Let’s be more tolerant.
Today embrace the differences between all of us. Let’s remember we are one people with one heritage, the human race. We all hurt and can hurt others with a word or unthinking gesture. How about just for today let’s give a pass to each other. Cherish humanity and respect, like and learn from those we don’t get or understand.
We all bleed, we all love, we all want the best for our children, and we all want to get to that other place. You and I have the power to change the world, one person at a time, through one nice comment, one hug, one positive interaction, one smile, one greeting, and an attitude of tolerance.
Please Join me. I will try my best each day to be a better person, to turn the other cheek, not to gossip, to take time and effort to compliment and encourage, to spread gratitude, to help in any way I can, to smile at strangers, to not stereotype, and to forgive those who’ve hurt and defined me by their own time in life. I pledge to remember we each have our burdens and react sometimes not so well…despite our best intents. Can you take that pledge with me? I think if we don’t do it together…we condemn our world. Now’s the time to stand for what unites us. Let’s make a better planet with one action, one person at a time. Think babies…they need us and deserve a better place…remember we were all once innocent children.