Friday, March 27, 2009
The small action of one person does count!
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing".
A new blogging buddy (Griever) had put that comment at the top of his latest blog to explain his reaction to a situation recently. But that comment spoke to me so much more of a negativity which grips humanity - you and me, our parents, children, co-workers and many more. It is a negativity which prevents action or comment or doing something to help others. We see someone in need and we know we can help but its not our problem. There is a community project for which we have the skills, knowledge and time to help but we stay at home, watching tv and bemoaning our boredom. People - If you have the time to ask yourself - what is the purpose of life and why am I here, you have the time to find someone to help. Every person is of value and its not for you to decide who has that value or what that value is.
My son now has the right to vote but his attitude is "whats the use of voting because nothing will change and xyz party will still be in power". It doesn't matter what your political affiliation is but if you are unhappy with how your country is being managed, you are the one who can change that, you and your neighbour and your neighbour's wife - anyone who has the guts and the energy to go out and do their duty and exercise their rights. I told my son that their have been folk in the past who have died for the right to vote but he is declines to use his right. On the other hand, my daughter has a lot of political vim and exercised her right from the first, as soon as she was old enough.
This attitude manifests itself in a whole lot of different areas too. If you have the energy and fervour to vote, you might be the one to make the difference in the running of your kids school, your local club or a charity of which you are particularly fond. But step up to the plate. Look for the value in life. Don't be a ghost floating on the perimeters of the community. Be prepared to speak out for what is right and I guarantee you that you will encourage a lot of others in your community or circle of friends who didn't want to speak out or take action because they didn't want to be the first to do so or they didn't want to be embarrassed. What is there to be embarrassed about? There is not one of us who hasn't done something foolish or laughable in our lives but you know what, after all the laughing is done, you are still whole and alive and moving onwards in your quest to make your part of the world a better place.
Change comes from the small actions of many people who are determined to make a better life in their immediate vicinity.
Pay attention to people. I have read many posts where people speak about someone who made a major impact on their life and all that person did was to pay attention or help in a small way which at the time they might not even have been aware would be so memorable to the person they were helping. We don't know how people we have talked to or assisted will use that help or advice to change their lives. But I do know that I cannot sit be idly on the sidelines of life waiting for others to take control or matters to resolve themselves positively or negatively.
What did you do to help someone today?