Happy 2016 + 13 days!
I’ve spent the last 30 months studying transnational issues affecting the world we live in; terrorism (at home and abroad), organized crime, corruption, violence against women, obesity, religious persecution, cyber crime, migration, and communicable diseases just to name a few. I’ve spoken to leaders from all over the world about possible solutions to these challenges. The reason these are challenges is because of the complexity and global impact any one approach to solving them faces. Citizens of the world do get a vote when it comes to solving complex problems.
However, before you vote, do your homework! Evolve from baby bird status where you only ingest chewed up food from a provider, to hunting for facts about global issues yourself. Take an interest in understanding the world from several view points.
Understand what a bad day feels like for a 7-year old boy from Syria, Bangui, or Ghazni.
Talk to someone who’s survived an earthquake or recovered from malaria.
Sit in a room and listen to someone who’s been ostracized or badly beaten for their faith.
Fellowship with someone struggling with a family member who’s been brainwashed to join a violent extremist group and their fears of never seeing their loved on again.
Talk to the young woman who struggled to get out of a bad neighborhood, made her way through school, and now can’t find a job that pays well enough to cover food and her student loans.
Talk to someone with a family member suffering from an addiction.
Fellowship with a veteran (of any war) and hear their stories of defending freedom in other lands or saving lives in disease-ravaged cities.
You’ll get a fresh perspective on global problems and a better appreciation of what it takes to get to a solution. More importantly, you’ll be moved to action.
Far too many people sit around waiting for a biased opinion to latch on to, and then are happy to castigate those with different opinions from theirs. Not as many are willing to step away from their keyboards to be part of the solution to ANYTHING.
While many people have made resolutions to improve themselves and should now be approaching the 2-week “milestone of death”, I challenge you to do something for the space between your ears and for others. LEARN MORE about the world around you and the challenges we face then in 2016, DO SOMETHING to make a fraction of a dent in improving conditions for someone facing any of the challenges mentioned above.
3-2-1, let’s go!