Thought for the Day: “Changing the World” – the Obamas & Our Moms & You?
Moms – making the world a better place.
“Barack Obama is the America we dreamed about when we were little kids sitting in that classroom with Doritos cheese under our fingernails. He is the grand symbol, the big victory, the fireworks that we so longed for.
Which is a blessing and a curse. On one hand, his election has made a lot of young people believe in the political process again, reflect on their own civic duty, and learn more about community organizing. On the other hand, all the hype that surrounded his candidacy has revived one of our more dangerous delusions—that “saving the world” is about heroics. In fact, the world will not be saved. It will be changed [my emphasis]. It looks more like your mom—her palm on your fevered forehead, her handwritten schedule for sharing child care with neighbors, her letter to the editor of the local newspaper—than it does your president. Activism is a daily, even hourly, experiment in dedication, moral courage, and resilience” (p. XVIII). . . .
[To change the world, we need “heroes.” We need such people as the ones who averted a terrorist attack on the French train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris last Friday. http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/24/europe/france-train-shooting/
We need the “quiet heroes” too].
The good news is that our gifts and the world’s needs are so diverse that we can pursue our own intersection [of our gifts and the needs of our place] while trusting that others will flourish where we would have floundered” (187).
- from Courtney E. Martin’s Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, Beacon Press, 2010.
You are needed to help change the world.