“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” (Margaret Mead) – as seen on the Jack’s Winning Words blog some time ago.
We have recently seen the impact in Michigan that a few caring people had on exposing the Flint water crisis and in earlier actions elsewhere by so-called whistle blowers that got investigations started into things like the problems within the VA or the school supplies scandal in Detroit. Those were all actions by people who cared about right and wrong and who decided to do the right thing, even if it was unpopular or could have caused them personal loss. The other thing that they did was recognize that they didn’t have to solve the problems all by themselves. They knew that by exposing the issues to the right people they could get the attention of many others that would be needed to actually tackle the problem or make the needed changes.
There are many really big problems in the world for which we must be content with doing something small to help; something that contributes, even if we can’t see the end result. That’s why we put our money in the Red Salvation Army kettles at Christmas or maybe we join a prayer circle at church and pray for people that we don’t even know who have been through some natural disaster in some foreign place. Both actions have a positive impact that we don’t get to see directly.
In America we have another opportunity to show that we care coming up later this year as we go to the polls and express that care through our votes. What we care about often dictates who and what we vote for or against. For some that care leads them to become volunteers on the campaign staffs of candidates who seem to share their views about what needs to be changed or done. For others, just the act of getting out and voting is enough to show that they care. I wear my little “I Voted” sticker the rest of the day on Election Day, as much as anything to say, “I cared enough to try to change things, did you?”
Maybe there ought to be a little sticker that you could wear around that says “I Prayed”, to show that you cared enough to take the time to pray for those in need and for solutions to the big, seemingly impossible problems that plague the world, such as hunger or diseases or discrimination. After all, where are you going to take those big problems and find someone who has a proven track record of doing the impossible and performing miracles? People of faith know that somewhere, somehow, someone will benefit from those prayers. You may not see the results, but you know that there are always results when you ask God for help.
So, if you care, do something about it. Maybe you can take some direct action, maybe not; but, you can always pray. Maybe Mead’s little quote should be slightly changed to read – “Never believe that a few praying people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”