Saturday, March 10, 2012

Keep the change

I know many people who want to change the world. I more than know them - they are my friends, cohorts and general virtual hangarounds. And, as you might imagine, I'm one of them. Us.

Here we are.

At times, it seems as if the world is unchangeable. It's just too big, too complex, to overwhelming, too much to do anything about. As if the world will look your attempt squarely in the eye, laugh, and transform your transformative effort into another part of its infernal machinery. As if anything and everything you could possibly do would, in the end, ultimately serve to perpetuate the very things you hate in this world of hours.

If you happen to find yourself in a state of mind similar to this, do find someone to hug for a moment. And read on.

You see, this world of ours isn't as stable as it's cranked up to be. Sure, its been around fo a while and seems to be quite good at what it's doing, but consider this: every day literally billions of people work their collective asses off to keep the world running at usual. And an ever increasing amount of uncountable billions of whatever currency you care to mention is spent on keeping the world working as it is.

Now, if something takes that much effort just to keep going, then it obviously isn't keeping itself alive by virtue of its robustness. Rather, it is the fragility of it that makes it necessery for all those billions to get to work.

And if it's fragile, then it can be changed. If one only finds the right maintenance workers and persuade them to do the right thing.

It is very easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the world is a giant, amorphous blob that won't budge at anything. I've lived there for a couple of years, and I still fall back into the black hole of despair every once in a while. And I know how utterly crushing that sense of utter hopelessness can be when it reaches its most brutal stages.

But the world isn't a giant blob. It's rather a giant mess of moving parts, and if you can find and modify these moving parts, the rest follows. Even if that one modified part is yourself and those in your general vicinity.

Keep the faith. Another world is possible.

And keep a spare hug ready for those who have lost their hope. For some, that might be just the thing that gets the rest going. -

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