Last month I wrote about things I don’t need. You can view those comments here if you like. Today, I’m going to write about things that I do need. Things that will make life better.
- I need to know that my children are safe when I’m not around.
- I need to know that my elected officials are doing what I elected them to do.
- I need to know that my government is acting in the long-term interest of the country and its people.
- I need to know that the people in charge are strong enough to make the tough decisions, even when it hurts.
- I need to see that we act with compassion for our neighbors and our communities.
- I need to see that we offer a helping hand to people that need one.
For too long, it has paid, at least in the US, to act in one’s own interest to the detriment of others. There have always been people willing to do this. I don’t think they’re going to change very easily. Certainly not on their own.
However my impression is that these people, the selfish ones, now have way too much power. The checks and balances that were built into our government have been subverted. New technologies allow those with a public voice to have much more influence than they ever have in the past. Our leaders play homage to democratic structures and ideals, yet behind the scenes they serve only themselves.
As our economy continues to shift, (I think we’re all agreed that it is shifting) we need to change in positive ways. And this change must be a deliberate one, with a positive intent.
The needs listed above are collective needs. One person can’t control any of them directly. But in my opinion, one person can make a difference. I therefore post this for myself, as a personal challenge:
What can I do today that will make things better for everyone?