♫ Waiting on the World to Change ♪

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Can the world change? There are many people I know who have lost all hope that the world can improve from its current state. This pessimism can be seen in many forms. I know people who think Christianity is beyond redemption and will never change. Others I know look at the American politics and say they are unpatriotic. They have no hope that America will ever live up to the ideals it proclaims.

This all seems so sad to me. I may be an extreme optimist, but I believe the world can change. As a matter of fact, I believe the world is changing and will change for the better. Compare today to one hundred years ago. Look how far the whole world has grown in terms of women’s rights and the rights of minorities. There’s also heating and air conditioning; those things are pretty awesome. Clearly the world has become a better place in the last hundred years. It’s not perfect, and there are places where certain rights and luxuries are still unavailable. Just because something changes does not mean it morphs into an image of perfection.

Our society is human. As such, it can change, improve and become better, but it will never be perfect. Since perfect is unreachable, does that make all efforts to change the world meaningless?

In our globalized, fast paced world, we see change happen daily. New technology, new politicians, new box office hits. There is always something new and better to great us the next day. I think people get used to this pace and become frustrated when other aspects of life, such as society, changes at a different speed.

When women gained the right to vote in American, did society suddenly start treating women as equals and respect their opinions? Of course not. Generations passed and gradually, society became more accepting of women’s rights. That struggle for women’s rights will always exist in some form or another, but that struggle also changed the world for the better. That struggle has meaning and purpose. Thank God for the women who first started to demand equality. Those who started the movement probably experienced very little equality for the duration of their lives.

Maybe that’s what truly discourages people. We fight and struggle to change the world all the while knowing we probably won’t be around when what we fight for is fully realized. Laws can be passed and governments can be overthrown, but that doesn’t change people’s hearts.

That also doesn’t make the fight meaningless and it certainly doesn’t mean the world can’t change. It just can’t change very fast. The hard truth is that generations have to pass away for view points to morph. As every generation passes away, we see greater acceptance of diverse sexualities. It’s really a double-edged sword, because each generation has their merits, some of which we may lose as they pass on. So the cycle will continue and we will never reach perfection.

Let me pose the question to you, then. If society is always changing with no chance of reach perfection, what is that change worth?

Do you believe the world can change? Can people change? If they do, does that change matter?


6 thoughts on “♫ Waiting on the World to Change ♪”

  1. Tough questions….
    I think some parts of the world have changed for the better in the past 100 years…..
    But I believe other parts of the world have changed for the worse……

    For instance, 100 years ago we didn’t have the kind of technology that we have now; laser eye surgery, contact lenses, airplanes that can take us across the ocean, efficient ways to produce massive amounts of clean water…. the list is endless as to all the positive ways technology has changed the world.

    BUT, technology has also been used to change the world for the worse.

    —) Automobiles and drunk driving are the numero UNO cause of death for teenagers in the United States
    —) cheap efficient public transportation only exists in a select few cities throughout the country so that if you are poor in the United States and can’t afford car insurance or the cost of purchasing or leasing a car… you are kind of screwed
    —) as much as the assembly line helped the poor and middle class into earning more money than they ever could of dreamed…. many sociologists believe the assembly line is directly responsible for the mass extinction of manufacturing in the united states and the massive drop in the number of skilled tradesmen/women…..

    So there are many good points about technology…. and many bad points.

    I don’t know that I can say if the overall trend has been good or bad… because it depends on what lens were looking at. When I consider the fact that prior to the invention of the automobile that you didn’t see tens of thousands of teens dying in horse-and-buggy drunk driving crashes… well that pretty much sucks for modern society. Try and tell the mother of an 17 year old daughter who died because another drunk driver crashed into her daughter’s car that our society has changed for the better….. not to mention all the pollution that automobiles produce.

    But then if I look at how AWESOME it is to travel from the United States to Costa Rica or to Europe where I’m going in the autumn, I would say that the change has been GRrr-eat! (to borrow Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger’s phrase)….

    So like I said, its all a matter of what lens we view; ultimately I would say its a wash; society is neither better nor worse….. we’ve merely progressed.

    We’ve made great strides in women’s rights; that is good.
    But the level of anxiety and depression in the United States has increased to such exponential rates that one wonders if we are doing things right here in the U.S. because other countries (such as Costa Rica) have MUCH LOWER rates of anxiety, depression, and mental illness… and countries in Central America are much less technologically evolved as we are…and they are much less evolved as way of women’s rights issues (although they do have a Female President which is a lot more than I can say for the United States)

    See how back and forth I am? They are tough questions you’ve asked and I don’t think there are black and white answers.

    1. That’s what I mean though. We progress in many ways, but we also lose what was good about the past. Society moves in changes and it will never be perfect. There will always be issues that cause problems. Does that mean it’s worthless to try and change the world?

      1. No… its not worthless…. that’s sorta a motivation behind my own writing and my love of talking with people; cuz I believe there is purpose to it all . Even if I don’t always see the positive change or see the purpose in it; I’m convinced that connecting with each other, with fellow humans is a good thing that we are supposed to do 🙂

  2. If you want change, then go out there and make it happen. All it takes is a little bit of something from a lot of someones and suddenly you have a seismic shift on your hands.

    But, if we’re just complacent, complain about it, and never actually get out there and do anything, then it is certainly going to take a lot longer.

    Simply put, be the change you want to see in the world.

    1. I agree in that whole heatedly. I think some people assume they have to do something super big to change the world. Simple things matter too. Voting, for everything for local to national, is important. Choosing what you buy is another. If I know these coffee beans are unethically produced, I can do the research and buy coffee that is fair-trade.

      They’re not the biggest actions, but if everyone did tiny things like that, the world would be a much different place.

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