You must be the change you wish to see in the worldSubmitted by LadyLiberty1776 on Sun, 04/15/2012 - 11:38
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." ~Mahatma Gandhi
I'm sure that most people are not unfamiliar with this quote, but how many of us are living it? We Ron Paul supporters are out there supporting and preaching the word of voluntarism, freedom, charity, self-responsibility, and less dependence on the State. Yet, how many of us are living this?
I must guiltily admit that I myself spend more time on the internet trying to spread Ron Paul's ideas than I do living his ideas (well, not HIS ideas, per se, but the ones he's championing). I would like for visitors to this forum to chime in with any ideas they have of how we can practice what we preach in our everyday lives. Personal experiences are certainly appreciated but general ideas as to how we can all start living the ideals of liberty better are welcome too.
Afterall, one might think they don't have enough time to volunteer since the Federal Reserve debases their money so much that they must work 2 or 3 jobs just to make ends meet. Or they might think they don't have any relevant skills to offer, such as a medical practice or legal services to the poor. Or whatever other excuse we can think of to pay lip service to a good cause but never participate in it.
Here are just a few ideas I have that might get the wheels turning. Please add your own experiences and ideas as well so we can start to engender the change we wish to see in the world!
*Volunteer at a homeless shelter
*Volunteer at a nursing home
*Start organizing community events within your social circle and foster personal relationships with one another. Stop being a stranger!
*If you are well-versed in theories of Austrian Economics, sign up to teach a Community Enrichment course at the local school (most public school systems offer such programs).
*If you have any mechanical or handyman skills, offer them to a friend or neighbor. Have your children voluntarily mow an elderly neighbor's lawn.
*Start a community vegetable garden or your own garden and offer extras to friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
*Volunteer at a church daycare.
*If you are a business professional of any sort, organize with a church or other community leader to review and critique resumes or practice interview skills free of charge for those looking to get a job.
*Become a Big Brother or Big Sister.
*Here are a couple of tricky but BIG ideas: I don't know the ins and outs and legalities of the medical field well enough, but how is it possible to emulate Dr. Paul and his notion of treating everyone regardless of their ability to pay? Is it possible in this day and age with the leviathan of government and insurance tangled medicine? What about economic planning or education to poor communities? How can we better take care of our poor so our government doesn't have to? Is it possible to wean poor people off their dependence on government or will we be met with a hostile audience?
I will now turn it over to the rest of you who certainly have many more wonderful ideas and experiences you can share for how we can all start (or continue!) to "be the change we wish to see".
North Palm Beach, FL