More Is More: What If We Believe There’s Enough to Go Around?
The question is what if we believe there’s enough to go around?
What if we believe that each person has the right to live in dignity and with basic needs met, without being exploited or living under conditions of extreme deprivation. That everyone deserves a decent standard of living so they have the opportunity to pursue their own dreams and achieve their potential.
How many people would agree? How many people are willing to make such a bold statement? And how many will actually do it?
There is no doubt that more than ever before, we need to come together and take action.
But how much change can we really accomplish when most of us remain divided, fearful and apathetic about the issues at hand?
Most of us continue to vote for those who promise solutions that don’t exist. Those politicians who tell us that we must accept our current state because things can only get better. They say that we need to give up some liberties just to protect others. They tell us that the government has a responsibility to provide for all, but then refuse to even propose any meaningful solutions themselves.
And why shouldn’t they? After all, they’re elected by us…right?
Well, I’m here today to ask you one thing: Are YOU going to let them win?
I promise you that if you continue to rely on the same broken systems, you will continue to get the same policies. I promise you that if you continue to vote for those who claim they can fix this, but then don’t, that’s what will continue to happen. And I also promise you that if we do not come together and take real steps to change our current state we will not only lose everything we’ve gained, we are at a greater risk of losing everything altogether.
Time and time again throughout history we see that humanity is at its best when we all work together and for the good of everyone. We see it in small acts everyday. We see people coming together to help each other during natural disasters. And most of us would agree that it’s a beautiful thing.
But can we say the same about our political system? Our economic system?
Well, I’d say for the most part, absolutely not. In fact, I’d say the opposite is occurring and the vast majority of people can agree that it’s a horrible thing.
So what do we do? Do we continue supporting this system, hoping that maybe one day it will work in our favor? Or do we take a stand and say that we won’t take this anymore?
It’s easy to point the finger at others and blame them for our current situation. But I’d say it’s a lot harder to accept responsibility and change ourselves.
We live in a time of short attention spans, so I’ll try to keep this as short as possible.
There are countless important issues that face our country and the world today such as the economy, government spying, police militarization, endless wars, terrorism, and many others. But at the core of all these issues, is the issue of our economy.
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