Monday, May 22, 2006

Spreading the word of hope

You can wait for things to happen by chance, or you can make things happen by choice.
- Anonymous

Improvise, adapt and overcome.
- Clint Eastwood in Heartbreak Ridge

I put these two quotations together because they seem to be a good fit.

Anonymous was far too optimistic about things happening by chance. He/She gives the impression that our hopes will materialize by themselves if we simply wait long enough. History proves that nothing positive happens by chance.

Look around the world or in a library full of history books and you will find good things that happened only because someone (or a group) took clear and positive steps to make them happen.

Leaving good things to happen by chance doesn't work. There are enough bad guys in the world to ensure that what happens is what they want to happen because they work hard enough and diligently enough to see that things do happen for them.

The Eastwood movie quote suggests ways to make positive things happen by beginning them ourselves. Change is required for someone in order to make change happen in a community. Again, positive things don't happen by themselves.

Yet the most important changes we want to happen (everyone wants to happen, no matter where they live) are already provided in a formula within Turning It Around. The rationale and background, the details of extent of social problems, the solutions and some of the needed material to get the solutions implemented are all available in the book.

What we need is for a few people to improvise and adapt, in other words to step forward and be prepared to tell others to join us to make the necessary changes. Simply tell them to join the TIa group. That's all.

It doesn't make sense for people in every large community in the world to suffer when the solutions are available and cheap to implement.

Unless we like suffering. The problem with spreading the message at this stage is simply that enough people don't know what you know, which is what the solutions to our problems are and how to implement them.

I can only spread the word just so far myself. After that, I must depend on you.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to spread the word of hope to every part of our globe.
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