Sometimes it is very easy to look at the problems around the world and feel that they are too big for one person to make a difference.
You are right, but you are also wrong.
One person in the right place, at the right time can make an incredible difference. But how do you know who and when?
The answer is, you don’t.
It’s like predicting the weather – if you know anything about chaos theory, you know that predicting daily weather is much harder than long term trends. If you’ve ever gone on a diet, you will know that your weight will fluctuate without reason, but there will be a long term downward trend if you eat sensibly and exercise.
So if I want the world to change, how do I deal with the large amount of uncertainty? I can’t predict what protest will spark a revolution, or what article will turn public opinion, or what media release will turn into a huge news story.
So what do I do? I keep on keeping on ‘doing my thing’. Which at the moment is focussed partly on environment and partly on spiritual enlightenment. So I just keep writing. I just keep focussed. I just keep up with facebook and twitter, god help me. I keep talking to journalists, I keep e-mailing our members. I try to be the change I’d like to see in the world. I avoid the television because it makes me angry to no purpose.
The thing is, every now and then, someone will give me feedback that says ‘keep up the good work’. There is a steady upward trickle of likers and followers. I learn new skills every day, and there has been some ground given by the authorities over time.
I might never get the breakthrough that all activists wish for, but at the end of my life, I will be able to say that I gave as much as I could, that I at least tried.
And when I feel like giving up, I say to myself, “If not you, who?”
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