Saturday, July 22, 2006

Solutions don't speak for themselves

If you want to have friends, be friendly;
if you want to be trusted, be honest;
if you want to be loved, be loving;
if you want to be safe, be brave.
- Gil Hardwick

The world is as bad as you think it is. It's also as good as you think it is.

What you think is what you believe. What you believe is who you are.

The world is safer today for the average person, no matter where they live, than at any previous time in history. Yet we fear for our safety.

There are more people today helping others in need, especially strangers, even in parts of the world they know nothing about, than ever before. Yet many of us have trouble developing genuine love in our own lives. (Present company excepted.)

We have more need for trust today than ever before in history. Yet our leaders show us by example that even they cannot be trusted when we trust them.

Most of us are surrounded by people every day. Yet we have trouble making friends who would be committed enough to die for us.

Based on sheer numbers of humans and where we have populated ourselves on earth, we are the most successful species ever. At least since the age of the dinosaurs. Yet we, unlike other animals, foul our own beds.

You read this because you are a caring person. You likely taught your children to be the same way. You may assume that everyone teaches their children as you do. Your assumption, if that be the case, would be wrong.

The only way, the only way, the only way that we can ever achieve the kind of future we want for ourselves and our children and grandchildren is for everyone to teach their children the same messages.

The only way that can happen is if the messages are taught to parents before they have their first child and to children in schools.

The only way that can happen is if you care enough to tell others what you know and they don't.

If they ask for more substance than just your opinion, give them a copy of 'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems.' It may be the most important gift you ever give in your life.

Without you, nothing will change. You already know something that too few people among the 6.5 billion of us on earth know. You know that solutions for a better life are possible.

But they won't learn from you if you sit there with your mouth closed and your hands in your pockets. If it really matters to you, spread the word.

Bill Allin
'Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems,' striving to give you the tools we all need to make everyone's life better.
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