An old Depeche Mode song popped into my head yesterday, which, as is the Modean way, is on the surface of it quite miserable, but has quite a hopeful, inspirational chorus. The song is New Dress, and the chorus is thus…
You can’t change the world
But you can change the facts
And when you change the facts
You change points of view
If you change points of view
You may change a vote
And when you change a vote
You may change the world
Funnily enough, I had a look at a blog which I follow this morning, which has changed its header to quote…
It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds. – Samuel Adams
…which seems to me to have a very similar theme – i.e. that any individual, or “tireless minority,” with the right actions, can change the world. I sometimes think, regarding this concept, that any individual, simply by existing, is changing the world every day. The world is a different place to what it would be if we weren’t in it – albeit in a relatively small way. And the world is a completely different place today than it was yesterday. But what about the big stuff?
Such song lyrics and quotes as above tell us that anyone can act in such a way as to have a profound impact on their environment. One can be a political activist and “change a vote”… or one can raise a child in such a way that the child will grow up to be a political activist… or the child will become a great teacher and inspire further young people to have a profound impact upon the world… etc. The small things – even just a smile or a few inspirational words – can balloon into world-changing things. If we act in good conscience and always be on the lookout for opportunities to help others… then we will find the breath to start blowing up that balloon!