“Wherever we come from, when we see the state of the world today, we can all feel the growing frustration and desire to make a difference”Over the course of the semester I have gained a strange appreciation for people. More specifically, people who help people and people who need help. After reflecting on an article by Alicia Keys entitled Believe you Can Change the World I have a lot of thoughts about people and how people can change people. As she stated in the quote above, we all SEE a state of growing frustration about the inequalities, diminished opportunities, and growing violence in the world. Well, sure seeing is believing but doing is what makes the difference.
In the article, Keys made an important distinction: it’s not about me. It’s about WE. Let that statement mull over for a moment, it took me a good 10 minutes to process that. While it is important that we all individually make efforts to put forth a change in injustice, we can’t do it as individuals. Individuals with different missions, plans, and ideas are just going to result in a minor chip away at the global issues society struggles with. Now, put those individuals together, and you set off an earthquake that shakes those problems out of place and help resolve some of the most pertinent atrocities that shape societies across the world. Keys created the song We Are Here in order to show how it is the individual responsibility of the “me” in order to follow through with the purpose of “we”. If you know a way to make a substantial difference like erasing Genocide and other indifferences in our world by yourself without the help or elicitation of others, I would like to know how because based on what I know it takes an army to move a mountain. Keys lists a page of reasons why we are here and some of them resonated with me as I believe they are incredibly powerful or I have introspectively recognized my own lack of influence in these areas.
We are here to to do our part, to ensure each child has equal opportunity for education, make sure every voice is heard, to allow for mutual respect and cooperation among all people and nations, to end poverty and oppression, choose unity love, forgiveness, and passion, and to use collective power to change the status quo in a peaceful manner.
We are here for a multitude of reasons that most of us live everyday without recognizing these civil responsibilities to those people surrounding us. We are here expresses every aspect of how people help people. You can’t do it by yourself, but you can do it with the help of those people that impact your life. Me can become We. Alicia Keys has recognized the importance of the traditional MLK and Ghandi teachings, nonviolent resistance and peaceful change. Thats how you make a difference in this large world, by creating a coalition of those who also want to make a change in society, bring attention to issues, and collectively advocating for those who lack voices to fight their own battle. As I sat here writing this, I smiled realizing that this course has provided exactly that. While we may be a small group, we all share a common passion for helping others and we made a difference in only a week. I hope that each of us can continue to practice advocacy regardless of the profession, city, or path we choose and that we don’t forget that while it starts with me, it takes we.