Monday, January 23, 2017

42758 :: In which I offer my 2¢

It's a pity that some haven't grasped the concept that if they want something changed, they need to be actively doing something constructive to bring that change about. 

If you really want to make a difference, put your energy into advocating for those who have been marginalized. (And, I might add that advocating is not the same as marching and picketing.) 

Apparently, the only thing actually accomplished at this rally
was more work for city sanitation workers.
(I wonder if they appreciated receiving the overtime pay?)
...Constructive things such as:
  • volunteering time and skills to homeless shelters
  • veterans' organizations
  • women's shelters or crisis centers
  • elder facilities
  • abortion clinics or pro-life clinics (according to your belief)
  • lobbying their representatives to vote for or against bills
  • volunteering with inner city programs - sports, education, etc.
  • donating to programs such as Boys and Girls Clubs, etc.
  • helping people learn to get a handle on their debt and finances
  • working in a community garden or food bank
  • cleaning up parks and working with other environmental programs... 
...the list is endless, and there are a lot of people who have realized the value of doing those things. 

However, it sure seems like there are more who would rather sit back and point fingers and complain than actually put their social media and electronic devices down and follow Gandhi's admonition to BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD.
Hardly a new concept, as Socrates said it long before Gandhi: 
Which leads to me conclude that this is not an issue peculiar to our generation.

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