Sunday, March 23, 2008

I Challenge Thee! (and me)

If you're content with the state of the world, you're not paying attention.

Contentment implies satisfaction implies aspirations have been fulfilled. If you think there could be no improvement, you're not aiming very high. If you think too much of it is out of your hands, your underselling yourself. If you think you have everything you need, what about your brother?

There's a lot of work to be done and we are the labor force of all human hopes.

If the prosperous simply amuse themselves, then most of those who can do the most are doing very little.

In other words: if not you, then who?

This isn't something for you to read for entertainment or edification or education, this is a
challenge. It's directed not only at those reading but also to myself.

It's about opening your eyes to things you don't normally think about. Your carbon footprint. How that burger and milk shake you had were produced. Where those diamonds on your fingers came from. Who sewed the stitching on that shirt.

Wake up and give a shit, to use someone else's words.

Look outside of your own hormone-hijacked happiness over love or child, over some fleeting moment of distraction. What do you care about in the world at large? Try to answer with something that's unrelated to your self-absorbed entertainment or enjoyment.

Make it a good answer.

Then realize you have no excuse not to be doing something about it.

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