Monthly Archives: February 2013

No Doubt

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     – Margaret Mead


Brains over Brawn

24000 people die worldwide daily due to hunger or hunger-related diseases. In comparison, about 18000 people died annually worldwide as a result of terrorist attacks.

The worlds annual military spending is $ 1.6 trillion – the US alone spends about $ 1 trillion annually. It would take only 6.25% of the global annual military spending ($ 100 billion) to eradicate extreme poverty and provide primary education to everyone in the world. $ 320 billion annually would be enough to achieve all the goals laid down in the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.

Do we really think that guns, missiles and fighter-planes are the answer to the worlds increasing problems? Does it not make sense to try and understand the underlying problems that are causing the dissent and discontent?

Isn’t it only logical that a world population where everyone’s basic needs are met and one where each person can read, write and understand themselves are far more likely to live in peace than one where their voices are tried to be drowned under the sounds of rockets and guns?

The power of YOU

How would you rate the state our planet is in today? Is it how you imagined or hoped it should be? Looking closer, are you happy with how things are in your city, state and country? Is there something systemically wrong? Something that is not being done in the best way possible and for which you have a better solution?

Guess what? Just complaining and cursing the problem is probably not going to result in change around you. Standing up and doing something about it is likely to bring about significant results. We live in an age where it’s easy to make yourself heard, and to connect and work together with like-minded individuals. Unhappy with what your local city council is doing? Elect another representative. Not happy with the irresponsible nature of a company? Then boycott the product and support a different company with a greener product. Think there’s a social cause underrepresented? Volunteer at a local NGO or government body that works towards it.

Only you can truly empower yourself. Sitting and thinking that one person cannot make a change will ensure that no change will ever come about. Look around carefully and you’ll see your surrounded by like-minded people who think similarly. All it might take is some galvanization – “Be the change you want to see.”