I Wanted To Change the World...Submitted by MikeFWT210 on Thu, 05/16/2013 - 06:00
I'd like to share a quote that has inspired me in the recent months...
I Wanted to Change the World
When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world
I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation.
When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family.
My family and I could have made an impact on our town.
Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.
- Written by an unknown Monk around 1100 A.D.
A personal story: The story I'm about to tell is about my personal growth over the years. I am only 24 years old, so I am still young. Reading this quote has given me new understanding on what I need to do.
In 2008, I was as Anti-Bush as they came. "Hell no to McCain!" I'd argue with my "Republican" friends. "You seriously want 4 more years of BUSH!?" I was fresh out of High School, North Hardin Class of 2007, and I was eager to take my first steps into that ballot box to make my voice heard. I wasn't politically active. I was a sheep. I had no other arguments except for MSNBC talking points. I was young. I was naive. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depends on one's own opinions) I was in the middle of my training with the Military and missed out on my first voting experience.
Around 2009, I began to see that everything Obama had promised were all lies. I began watching FOX News all day, err day... I couldn't get enough. I thought I was in the "know" about "conservatism" and changed my party affiliation accordingly. Glenn Beck was my favorite... “THE NEW WORLD ORDER IS COMING! GEORGE SOROS IS BEHIND IT! EDUCATE YOURSELVES!!!” I took Glenn’s advice. I started educating myself on our Founding Fathers and the Original Intent of the Constitution. Perhaps, in my case, this wasn’t what Glenn had in mind, because I educated myself on THAT windbag as well.
In 2010, as the mid-term elections were approaching, I was still in my FOX News stupor. My entire ballot was cast for ALL Republicans, except Tom Tancredo (Constitution Party), who favored marijuana legalization. I was still a sheep, but this time in a Neo-Con Armor. Oh! The excitement I felt as I stepped out of my polling station. “How’s THAT for some change!”
As time rolled on, I began to feel unsatisfied. I could watch FOX News all day, but my appetite for “truth” was no longer being sated. I began to feel like I was being lied to again. The Tea Party (I wasn’t aware at the time, of the Liberty Movements roots in the modern Tea Party) seemed to be getting off track. It became a joke.
It was in early 2011, that I first heard Dr. Paul speak. Who was this guy? What is “Liberty”? I didn’t fully understand the message at first, but I couldn’t help but latch myself to Dr. Paul’s words. Peace, Sound Money, Non-Interventionism, Prosperity for all. I began to research deeper into our Founding Principles and found myself “waking-up”, politically speaking. Little by little, I began to understand the Principles of Liberty and became politically “active” for the first time in my life. The message of LOVE resonated so much with me. I wanted to share everything I had learned with the world!
In my little understanding, I had my eye on Federal Politics. The “Big Fish” needed to be fried. I took Dr. Paul’s advice and participated in my local Caucus. I stood up and presented myself to the entire delegation and threw my hat into the ring to become a Ron Paul Delegate. I was elected as a delegate to my County and State Conventions. My mind was focused to become a National Delegate, but those would be chosen at the State Convention. I could wait…
Participating in my local County and State Conventions in 2012 awakened me even more to the importance of local political participation. I decided to let someone else take the delegate position on the National Level. Someone with more knowledge and experience.
Election Day 2012. The only 2 National positions I voted on were for my Congressman and President of the United States. I had proudly cast my vote for the Libertarian candidate in Colorado District-5 in hopes of sending Doug Lamborn (Neo-Con) packing and “wasted” my Presidential vote by writing in Ron Paul.
Where am I today? Thanks to the many voices here on the DailyPaul and with the help of big names within the Libertarian/Liberty Movement, I feel like I finally understand republicanism (little “r”). There is still plenty more for me to learn, but there are still some changes I can make, if I want to change “the world”. I have begun focusing my energies inward lately, as opposed to outward, and I feel like a lot of things are syncing up right now.
A few weeks ago, I was mentioning to a friend that I wanted to find a “spiritual” community center where I could go and meditate and center myself. The Universe provided me a brand-new Buddhist Center across the street from me. I don’t technically consider myself a Buddhist (just spiritual), but I appreciate the teachings and am not closed off to worshiping with them. I feel like this is a great opportunity to “change myself”. By extension, I want to give more back to my community as well. This Saturday I will be participating in a Charity Walk for MS for a friend who has the disease. The Saturday after that, I will be participating in my first protest as I March against Monsanto.
When my charity walk and protest are all said and done, I have plans to volunteer in my community. I’ve been looking into some local shelters and soup kitchens/food banks that might need some help. My schedule is a little tough, being an overnight worker, but I can afford to lose a few hours of sleep now and then. I am also working on strengthening my relationships with my family and friends. I am making myself available to help whoever might be in need of it, neighbors included.
In conclusion, we all have big goals of making this world a better place. Always remember though, that we need to be the change we want to see. By focusing our energies inward to ourselves, our potential for massive change grows. Like the quote says, “…if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world.”
Much love everyone. The R3VOLution continues…