Each year, I wish for the same things — an end to war, poverty, hunger, violence and disease — and each year, I find the world relatively unchanged. Millions continue to die every year, casualties of a world that places greater value on war machines and profit margins than human life.
I’ve seen enough of the world in my 65 years to know that wishing is not enough. We need to be doing. It’s not possible to solve all of the world’s problems right away. But there are practical steps each of us can take to hopefully get things moving in the right direction. Here’s what I would suggest for a start:
Tone down the partisan rhetoric, the “us” vs. “them” mentality. Instead of wasting time and resources on political infighting, which gets us nowhere, it’s time Americans learned to work together to solve the problems before us. The best place to start is in your own communities, neighbor to neighbor. Politics will never be the answer. Grassroots activism is the only kind of change you can count on.