Day 98: We Can Change The World

“Some believe there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills — against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence. Yet many of the world’s great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. A young monk began the Protestant reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the New World, and 32 year old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that all men are created equal. ‘Give me a place to stand,’ said Archimedes, ‘and I will move the world.’ These men moved the world, and so can we all.”
Robert F. Kennedy

There really isn’t anything I can add to that quote. It’s astonishing. Imagine how the world could be transformed if every single one of its inhabitants genuinely believed with every part of their being that they could be the ones to change it. In reality, circumstance might dictate that some people may be able to do very little, whilst others have the freedom and resources to do immeasurably more. But together, we can rid the world of misery. We can rid the world of ignorance. We can rid the world of injustice. We can even rid the world of violence.

I believe it.

If that makes me naive then so be it…


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