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17 June 2009

Changing the World

The other day, I heard a woman speaking about people, particularly the younger generation, and their desire to change the world. She laughed at the thought that so many hope to change the world, make it a better place, and make a difference, and thought that the desire many have of 'working with people' was humourous.

I have been pondering this for a while, and I think that what she said was very unfair. Yes, both 'I want to change the world' and 'I want to work with people' are vague terms that often lack any concrete plan to back them up, and yes, so many of us who want to save the world end up working in entirely different jobs that often don't help the world toward a better place.

But the desire to contribute something valuable and beneficial to our world is a noble one.

To want to be something more than what one is; to want to help all of humanity to walk hand in hand toward a better place; to want to change the world into a beautiful, peaceful, love-filled Eden is a spectacular thing! And that so many of us want these things, even if the means cannot be found, means that the world is already a better place simply because of the countless humans who are dreaming of these better things.

We are not so different, you and I. We are both finding our ways, slowly and unsurely, perhaps with only airy hopes and dreams floating in our thoughts. But we both wish for something better for the world and for the people who live in it, and are hoping one day to be a part of some grand scheme to work with our fellow humans towards something even more wonderful.

And I don't think that's such a bad thing.

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