“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Every time I come across questions that ask: What would You do if you ruled the world? or What changes would you make if You were Commander-in-Chief for a period of time?, two quotes come to mind; “Things do not change; we change.” by Henry David Thoreau and “You must be the change you wish to see in the World.” by Mahatma Gandhi. Change does begin with each of us, however, it is not a bad idea to encourage us to contemplate a world where we made the decisions.
Imagining a world where we are not powerless to influence change is a good thing. Why? Because, at least for a short creative moment, we can imagine what we would like to change on Earth; our planet earth. By thinking about change, we can begin to think of ways we can make a positive contribution. Perhaps, we would be a bit more sensitive to the plights of others and work on our own limitations. I also think that our views on the matter shed light on our beliefs, our wishes, and our dreams.
Given all the turmoil in the world today, it is obvious that my first act of change would be an end to war, an end to global strife, an end to fighting of any kind. The senseless killings that go on around the world in the name of all sorts of things; politics, religion, power-baiting, and other reasons will be set aside and a new day of sincere diplomacy will rule. I will have a meeting with the leaders of every nation and get a commitment from each to work together towards ensuring global harmony and the equitable treatment of all people.
“Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well – he has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Another thing I will put an end to is suffering, poverty, and all forms of oppression and cruelty against people and animals in our world. I would designate a day of the week for active participation in Peace and Love, and communities will be rewarded for performing acts of kindness to each other and to strangers. Healthcare and Education will be available to all, and no one will be worried about shelter, as all will have a roof over their heads and food on the table.
All forms of global lack will be gone and freedom to enjoy the fruits of our labor will be guaranteed. Those in need of special mental care will receive it and criminal behavior will no longer exist as each person will have enough to enjoy a productive and happy life… Environmental concerns will be addressed and resolved and Earth Day 2011 will be a day of joyous celebration of our beloved and well managed earth. What about your plans for change?