First and foremost, I wish this to be a topic of positive
ideas and discussions. Part of my motivation in making this thread is the seemingly
endless parade of doom and gloom concerning topics of politics, justice and economics, and so little content devoted to the actual solution or any
benefit that could be gleamed from such discussion and debate. Therefore I suggest avoiding words such as "cant", "wont", "impossible", "never" and
the like unless absolutely necessary to further your viewpoint.
Regardless of political perspective, geographical location or societal conformity, I feel safe in making the assumption that most people in the world
are not wholly satisfied with the way their respective governments are operating on a broad and general level. There seems to be a general malaise and
growing discontent in all corners of our lives and there surely must be a reason for it. I know them; you know them; we all know them, yet given our
recently-acquired penchant of airing our grievances on a broad public stage we seem to be at a loss at how to properly address these problems as a
It's one thing to endlessly complain and gripe and point out the deficiencies of a system, as opposed to genuinely contributing to a solution to the
identified problems. I liken it to a sinking boat full of passengers, many of whom can see the hole in the side of the hull. Some passengers will
point, and call out, and draw attention to it, but not a single person will rise from their seat and either start attempting to patch the hole or
start bailing. They will just continue to sit and point and look while the boat slowly settles lower and lower into the water.
I'm one of those passengers, too; I'm not standing high above the crowd and passing judgement upon the inactive masses for I myself am guilty. But
although I am passionate in a desire to invoke change and progress onto the society around me, I find myself at a loss as to how to get things
started. And I think that many people also find themselves in a similar mindset.
It's not impossible, however much we think it so. Our very past is testament to how we can change the world around us, for better or for worse (most
times better). Change can be enacted if we wish it so and put in the needed effort, and so long as the rewards reaped benefit the masses at large and
not select groups or individuals then we will witness the very progress we so desperately want, need, crave and desire.
So I put it to you, fine contributors of AboveTopSecret, how do we change the world?
How do we patch the hole in the side of the boat, and start making our way to the shoreline?
How do we leave a better city, country and planet to our ascendants?
I open off with these three basic and easily-achievable tenets:
- Vote: Voter turnout is - in my opinion - abysmal here in
Canada and the
United States, on average 60% and 55% respectively since the year 2000. How can anyone
claim to be in a democracy when nearly half of the population doesn't vote? Because the results will never be a true representation of what the true
majority of citizens desire from their candidates.
- Boycott: This one is more challenging to put into practice, especially if it concerns a product or service we deem necessary, but it is
possible and only takes willpower to achieve. Corporate entities may do many things which citizens don't like and they are mostly powerless to
influence, however these businesses and conglomerates almost exclusively rely on consumer dollars to exist. The average Jane and Joe have more
collective power in their wallets than the actual sum of the currency contained therein. Individually a boycott means very little to large
profit-driven companies, but collectively and over a period of time can possibly evoke more change than any other form of protest.
- Protest: People are fed up but they don't show it anymore and I am honestly perplexed by this, especially given how well protest has worked
in the past to enact social change in the United States. Around the world non-violent demonstrations and sit-ins have influenced governments and world
opinions for generations over. Government and armed forces can intimidate and even attack those who would organize for a public demonstration, but
always remember that in any nation the common citizen will always outnumber the police and army by a wide margin.
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