Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A time for change

I agree with a lot with what this story had to say. First off I believe that it is mandatory for us to step out of our comfort zones in our life to discover what we are passionate about. Everything I did for honors last semester and hurting my shoulder gave me an entirely new perception on life. I started branching out and doing everything I could and in doing so I started realizing more and more on how I want to live my life. I had always thought of myself as one day being a doctor but after everything that happened I realized that I wouldn’t truly enjoy that job for many reasons. Success is something people define for themselves. We need to discover what would make us feel successful and then take the steps towards that.

I also strongly believe that there is so much more to growing up than getting an education. Some of the most successful people I know have never gone to college for a day in their life. This is another reason to step out of the ordinary day-to-day life and doing things your not used to. Doing this we not only experience new things but we also meet new people. I firmly believe that it’s more about who you know than what you know. I know that when you help out with community organizations you discover what life is like outside of these comfort zones and you learn new things from the people you’re around.

This student most likely had the same experience. He realized how amazing the feeling of helping others is. I believe that having people realize what this feeling is like is what it would tae to bring about a dramatic change. It reminds me of a time in youth group when we were talking about donations. The group leader said, “I know your young, and right now it’s not about how much money you give, it’s about learning what it is like to make sacrifices for the world around you. It’s about getting used to giving in a world that is filled with greed.” This finally made sense to me. It’s about realizing that giving money to someone else can truly bring a better feeling than spending money on yourself. Then when we give our time we not only help others but we also gain a lot from the experience. It’s a win win situation and until one realizes this feeling, they are going to have no desire to give rather than to receive.

As for my grandchildren I believe it would take a lot of work to bring about this change but I think we have the resources to make this happen. I don’t necessarily think homelessness could be cured but I do believe hunger can be eliminated if done correctly. Think about this lyric from a song called boom, “4,000 hungry children leave us per hour from starvation while billions are spent on bombs creating death showers.” And then if anyone has seen the movie The Kingdom I believe the last few sentences in the whole movie make it worth watching. If you have seen it you know what I’m talking about. It’s where leaders from both sides of the war attempt to calm their families and soldiers by saying, “We will kill them all.” If they are dead than what is there to to be afraid of? The world finds death much easier to control than living. We spend the time and money discovering ways to create new weapons and spend billions on wars. In today’s world death is the answer. I hope that tomorrows will bring new solutions. Half of all the food produced in the world is thrown away. We have the resources to feed the world we just need to want to do it.

1 comment:

AshleeHenderson said...

the kingdom...i have seen that before ;) ya those were some interesting last lines to the movie. People don't seem to value life like they should.