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I have often wondered how to change the world, and I have recently realized it starts with listening. Listening to others, listening to yourself, and then making up your mind and speaking. As Bob Dylan says know your song well before you start singing*. I could say that the concept for this blog began over a year ago. In reality it started when I was in second grade and first committed words to paper. It started when, through my mother’s work as a childcare provider for protected service children, I saw little ones get lost to the system. Little ones lost by lost parents, lost caseworkers, and lost people. We have a world rife with losing, a history rife with loss. It is time to stand up, stand together, and say that enough is enough. It is time to say that our voices count, that our thoughts are worthwhile, and that our lives are worthwhile.
I have been moved to tears with thoughts of how wrong this world is and has been throughout history. We are at a crossroads right now. I see the potential for the digital age, the age of information, to either heal our wounds or to tear their edges further apart. I do not think we would survive the loss of blood. So here is a call not to arms, but to empathy. Through expressing ourselves we can find healing from our darkest hurts and our deepest secrets. Stand with me, speak with me, tap across your keyboards the change you want to see in the world. Make the promise that if you see someone suffering you will do what you can in that moment to ease their pain. It can be as simple as a smile or kind exchange, or as complex as a multinational aid organization that puts people before PR.
So welcome to my little corner of the world. I hope my words here will inspire others to quest for wisdom and understanding, to question what I refer to as hook-line-and-sinker journalism (see glossary for further explanation), to follow the threads of thought sewn throughout a human history rich in artistic and scientific endeavor, to question everything I or anyone else says, to act when the time is right, and to create your own soapbox. At the very least I hope to bring hope, and maybe even a little spiritual relief, to those who seek it.