Sunday, November 26, 2006

How do we change the world?

Is it me or are people going crazy all over the world? Do we even know why people are killing each other in some countries? Do the people doing the killing even know why they are doing this? How can we stop the violence and suffering and poverty?
I know these seem to be rhetorical questions - something we could not possibly answer and begin to address - but why not? I would really like to know what can be done by individuals - and I'm not talking about making a donation to some large charitable organization.

So, how do we change the world? How do you put together a group of reasonable people and make an impact somewhere along the way. I almost don't care what we target at this point - killings in Darfur, civil war in Iraq, bombings in Israel and Palestine, starvation in Ethiopia, torture, rape and murder in too many places to list . . . How do we change this downward spiral? How do we leave a better world for our children and future generations?
Please post ideas, comments and what have you.

3 comments:

beenzzz said...

I don't even know where to begin with this. I do know that poverty and disenfranchisement causes desperation. When people are desperate they will resort to anything to stay on top of the heap. I think we need to begin with fixing poverty. People need food. They need hope. I don't know what else to say. I'm stumped.

Lee said...

I don't know where to go with this either - I was having a bad day! Look at the 30 seconds post - much better way to deal with things.

mandarine said...

My o so very humble advice: caring for things we can do something about (e.g. the 30 things list) and not worrying about things we can't.

Our neolithic ancestors did not have to be tormented about what was happening at the far end of the world. Neither should we. And although world-economy and communications have drastically changed the notion of distance, there are still things and people that are much closer to us, and to which we have a duty; for the far away stuff, our only (fundamental) duty is to GO VOTE.