~ “We are all prisoners of hope.” (Naomi Tutu) ~
I bet if you were to look at today’s newspaper, there would be at least one article about an accident, disaster, or crime. The reality is that there is tragedy around us everyday, but not everyone is aware that they can help.
I did a Google search of songs titled “Save the World”, interested to see if there was anything about how to do just that. Many artists came up, and below I have chosen my favourites. But after reading the lyrics to each one, it becomes evident that every person’s view of saving the world is different.
The song and video based on George Harrison‘s lyrics is about blaming the world’s state on certain people. CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO. He feels keeping the millionaires employed and fighting for world domination are not the problems that need to be solved. The song by Yolanda Adams is about one type of problem in the world- hunger resulting from poverty. To her, saving the world is about starting with the children and lending a helping hand.
My view of saving other people is more along the lines as the lyrics from the song by Bon Jovi. The entire song is about love, but the beginning is very important. It is about how you don’t need a degree or high societal ranking to make a difference in the world. This relates to a problem I found in the article “The Next Generation”. This is from a magazine, and it is about the descendants of famous people coming together to change to world. They are almost creating a new United Nations among the eight of them. This is an amazing thing for the next generation of the peacekeeping idols to do, because they already have the fame. It will be easy for them to gain awareness for the causes they will be supporting and changes they will be making in the world. But it isn’t just up to the famous actors like Angelina Jolie or powerful politicians to create change. Ordinary people like you and me can make a difference.
Even the simple fundraisers we do in school through the SRC is helping to change the world. Raising money for important causes or to support research is one way of giving back to the community and country. However, it doesn’t always have to be about money. People need to realize that volunteering their time, or even just showing they are aware of the issues, is a major contribution.