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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Nineteenth Question

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
~Mahatma Gandhi

Name a few things that you consider to be the biggest problems in the world or in your own personal life. What can you do (or what have you done in the past) to be a part of the solution for these problems that you've named?


  • At 11:22 AM, Blogger Sublime said…

    I use to always feel like I didn't really fit in anywhere, shy, lacking in confidence, etc. Last year when I turned 30 yrs. old I decided to do something about these feelings. I started a Gay/Lesbian Couples Social group to force myself out of my own shell, into repeatedly meeting new people and making them feel welcome instead. It worked wonderfully and lead to me being a part of forming an even bigger GLBT community organization. Because of my decision to help myself, I have in turn also made a difference in many others.

  • At 12:51 PM, Blogger Blogzie said…


    It is responsible for every atrocity ever known to mankind.

    What am I doing about it?

    Exposing it for what it is and on a personal level, not practicing it.

  • At 12:57 PM, Blogger 'p' is for profound said…

    i agree w/blogzie.

    i have to mention that george bush is a problem too.

    i can't change anything until he's out of office.

  • At 1:35 PM, Blogger Crash said…

    Mine is similar to sublime's. I remember the hell of being a gay teen (especially because I was hiding it). In an attempt to help others who are going through that, I've started a playwriting competition for GLBT teens. I hope it encourages them to be proud of who they are and makes them understand that they have something unique and good to offer the world.

  • At 3:03 PM, Blogger JB said…

    In the world:
    - Bush - can't do a damn thing about it which is most infuriating
    - Religion - I am finally able to openly admit I am not Christian
    - Intolerance - I do what I can to teach my children tolerance for all beings no matter color, size, gender, sexual preference or religious backgroud. So far, so good.

    In my personal life:
    - self acceptance - in the past year I have branched out of my comfort zone of what was expected of me as a 30 year old military spouse and mother and now live how I feel comfortable.
    -debt - we're up to our eyeballs in horrendous dept. I've cut up most cards and am trying to adapt a more frugal mindset.

  • At 3:30 PM, Blogger nancy =) said…

    i, too, agree w/blogzie's comment...those are my thoughts as well...peace...

  • At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Phreddd said…

    Misunderstanding (intentional and otherwise) of differences among human beings - be it based on skin color, religion, income level, or who a particular person chooses to date, this lack of understanding can always use a resolution. All I can do is show my best self, personally and professionally.

  • At 4:09 PM, Blogger SassyFemme said…

    In the World...
    -Disease: Contribute $$$ for research
    - Hatred/bigotry/intolerance, especially that perpetuated by the republican party cow-towing to the evangelical christian right: Try to speak up when I see/hear injustices. Put a bumper sticker on my car, "If you're not outraged you're not paying attention. Democracy not Theocracy." Contribute $$$ to groups to help fight this.

    In my personal life
    -Homophobia - Be out to most so they can see I'mjust like everybody else. Starting to come out ot a couple at work, and maybe someday I'll have the courage to do more then just a couple.
    -Very large population of stray animals and the worst kill-shelter in the country: Volunteer with a rescue group to do emergency pet shelter

  • At 4:11 PM, Blogger SassyFemme said…

    Sublime, I love that you did that!

  • At 4:42 PM, Blogger Crystal said…

    First of all, the quote. Ahh, my absolute favorite. :)

    The problems with the world today is that we forgot that the problems that others face are all of OUR problem. Poverty, homelessness, the list goes on. I agree with others who said religion. While it can be a sense of comfort to many people, it has done nothing but contribute to the division of this world.

    What I try to do is live the change I want to see. Being shy myself I have learned that the internet has been a wonderful opportunity to get others to share the love and acceptance for humanity within themselves through blogs, message boards, and emails.

    I am not in the buisness of "saving" people, I am in the buisness of reminding people that that saving was never needed and that fear is a waste of time.

    I don't know if anyone listens or cares, but I do my best. :)

  • At 5:00 PM, Blogger Elizabeth Taylor said…

    The biggest problem in this world is that big companies control this country. Since we are the most powerful country in the world, it affects the entire globe. Everyone suffers when it's all about greed. I don't have the first clue on how to "fix it."

  • At 5:01 PM, Blogger Elizabeth Taylor said…

    Oh, and what blogzie said.
    Most Definitely.

  • At 5:24 PM, Blogger I n g e r said…

    Power imbalace, in all its forms, but most specifically in the ways it plays out between rich countries and poor ones. In my life, it's being part of a network that works to expose corruption in Indian adoption: children simply taken from poor villagers and "given" (or: sold, for $15K) to westerners who want kids. This is conversion vengeange: I'm an adoptive parent, too. But when a child is trafficked, it's not an adoption. It's a sale. And despite plenty of evidence that the system is filthy, we're buying.

  • At 7:13 PM, Anonymous ms.androgyne said…

    Up until a few weeks ago, I've always been shy about meeting new people, and then wonder why I have so few friends ...

    To change the situation, I've been making the effort to be "out there" and take the initiative to meet people and strike up conversations...

    Instead of burying myself in my work and career, I have been making a specific effort to get out into the various communities that interest me and taking ownership of my desire to add friends to my life ..

  • At 11:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    As to the worlds problems? These would be caused by its inhabitants. All of them. It has nothing to do with religion, or even politics. Look to the root of the problem; you will find it in the human heart. Religion, politics, ideologies of every variety - these are only vehicles for what is born in the mind of men and women, for good or evil. An evil/corrupt heart will use whatever vehicle it believes will serve its interests best. Presently, politicians and terrorists are the highest profile examples of this phenomenon, but they are by no means the only examples.

    As for blogzie's declaration that religion is responsible for every atrocity ever committed, I would remind readers of the former Soviet Union, the Kmer Rouge, and every other decidedly athiest regime which has heaped more slaughter to its skies than every misguided Catholic crusade and Muslim jihad in history, combined.

    As for what I do? Preach, pray, witness. It's just about all I can do.

  • At 12:57 AM, Blogger Kat said…

    1) Intolerance-
    I can try to understand the conservative side of the country more. There are wonderful people there who want the best for the world and their children as well. There must be more common ground and I have dug in my heels so far lately that I don't know that I would recognize it if it bit me in my ass, because I would be quite busy telling you what an ass Bush is in case you hadn't noticed or heard me the last 5 billion times (well can you blame me he really is an ass!)
    2) respect
    stop calling the President an ass...heehehe I feel like Beevis and Butthead or Bart...
    no really it goes along with the first one...forget my dug in heels and try to respect those I disagree with more...because if they aren't Bush they probably deserve it as much as me ;-)
    Find peace internally. meditate more, center myself. Practice Reiki, find balance in my own hectic life before I go off willy nilly telling the World how to solve it's intractable generation long problems between nations...I might make a bit more progress (And sense as I would be a lot saner)...and it seems so simple...but WHY OH WHY IS IT SO HARD TO DO!!??
    I talk a big game but I do woefully to little in action and far too much in hot air...or quick keystrokes...I have gotten marginally better...but time to put up or shut up in this department for real.
    God I have more but I am starting to feel guilty which is really counterproductive as I will just wallow in it so I shall stop here!

  • At 10:50 AM, Blogger RedHotMuslBear said…

    apatthy and inaction. too many people who don't give a rat's ass about much, then too many others with opinions out the ying-yang yet without the fortitude to get off their butts and do something

  • At 1:57 PM, Blogger S. C. Rosenberg said…

    Fear. Fear of anything different or contradictory or odd. Fear of Fags or Jews or Masturbation or Blacks or Vaginas or Arabs. Fear Fear Fear. Fear of Sex or Nakedness or Men or Disease or Baring Your Soul. Fear of Being Afraid.

    What am I doing about it? Living, loving, giving, doing.

  • At 12:32 PM, Blogger Robert said…

    ...that we are not 'awake'!

    By learning to be a good person, and it's a lifelong journey.

    Thanks sublime.

  • At 9:42 PM, Blogger sdk said…

    Human nature is one of the horrible things wrong with this world. People are selfish, hurtful, and will stop at nothing for personal satisfaction.

    I'm of course talking about the missing persons epidemic. I work every day not to squash human nature, because that would be impossible, but to instead clean up the aftermath of it.


  • At 2:58 PM, Blogger pawzz said…

    1. Bush
    2. Bush
    3. Bush
    4. too many ppl who voted for ...Bush


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