reply to post by henriquefd
I try as hard as I can on as many levels as I can manage.
I'm a 'Nam vet, Native American, with a highly intelligent but physically disabled brother.
I grow for him (legally, medical), care for him, and freely share what I grow with those who need it. I grow a veggie garden and share that.
This last semester I've been babysitting two young girls (2 & 3 years old, nearly) while their mother attends college. She pays me what she can, and
I teach them their words. They really like the Brainy Baby series, and are beginning to repeat the words they hear on it.
I have been called a walking encyclopedia by many of my friends, they frequently come to me for counsel and advice, or for an explanation of something
they might have seen or heard on the news. I share my knowledge as freely as I share other things.
I call my congresscritters on a regular basis and give them my opinions, demands, or whatever heads-up I feel necessary. I try to let them know that
the public isn't as stupid or uninformed as some would like to think we are. I just called today to warn of the possibility that BP is feeding us a
loop in place of a supposedly live feed.
If someone asks for a buck and I only have 10, I'll give him one. If anyone has the nerve to ask, I'll share what I can. If I see something offered
for free or cheap online that one of my friends can use I bring it to their attention.
And share my thoughts with those who might find them useful.
One of those thoughts is that as a vet, a blooded warrior, one of the few rights and privileges (and responsibilities) that status bestows is the
right to speak up and interfere in bad crap. If I see a child misbehaving in a public place I will intervene to assist the parent, sometimes with
merely a look or a smile, sometimes with a quiet word. If I see adult misbehavior I sometimes choose to deal with that, too. I don't tolerate
fighting in public, most definitely not physically and rarely verbally either. I've stopped a bar robbery, helped make at least one union less
corrupt, and chilled a lot of bad situations by firmly projecting my spirit. It's a matter of both showing and demanding respect.
A long time ago when I was younger and more ignorant than I am now, I spoke in a group about my anger at the Americans for not allowing me to live as
an Apache. A fellow named White Bear pointed out that if I truly wanted
to live as an Apache, no power on earth could prevent me. I might have
to pay a high price for doing so, but it would be worth it. It was an epiphany for me, and I've never looked back. Thank you, White Bear. In the time
since I have shaped my life and spirit remembering what I was taught when I was little, following the old ways. I've paid prices, sometimes high for
doing so, but mostly it's been worth it.
You can't change the world overnight, but you can
change it if you are patient and equip yourself with steady courage. You can change it by
thinking through things before speaking or doing and working to prevent yourself from harming others by word or deed, and turning the impulse to harm
into helping instead. You change it locally both in time and space. I'm helping those two little girls in self-defense: any child I can help teach to
be a good person is one fewer idiot I'll have to deal with later.
It takes, has taken years, but I think I've made a few worthwhile differences here and there. Some people live better lives because theirs
intersected mine. Some have harmed fewer for the same reason.
As far as the bigger picture goes, I stay informed, and keep alert for opportunities to help make a change. Those are rare and fleeting, with a low
success rate, but if you plan on being a pebble or a butterfly to invoke the avalanche or hurricane (and have a prayer of surviving the experience)
you absolutely have to pay attention rather constantly.
At least it gives you perspective.