Revolution Without Change
by Adam Goodwin | 2013
For the previous number of years, many activists, politicians, educators, thinkers, and individuals have been calling for change. Change to how millions of children don’t eat each day. Change to social equity. I agree.
Recently, some have called for a revolution. Revolutionise society and governments. Revolutionise the business industry and community.
I completely agree. We need a revolution. We need change.
A Word Of Caution
As we plan how to implement our vision of the world post-revolution, just a few words of caution.
We cannot solely blame business leaders and government staff for the current state of the world. Social inequality has existed for many years. Yes, recent government policies have allowed the gap to widen, but do not forget poverty and hunger have been around for many, many years.
My second word of caution, and it is a bit sensitive. We must remember our lessons of history. The mistakes humanity has made in the past. Hitler thought he was better than Jews and wished to exterminate them from our planet. Many of the thought leaders calling for a revolution, put themselves on a pedestal over politicians and business leaders. True, some, and likely many, thought leaders may ethically and morally be above some politicians. However, we must be careful about how we wish to “exterminate” the current political systems. We can say that we would never go to the extreme. However, we must be careful about the process of the revolution and change. We must not lose sight of what is right and wrong.
My last section of words is to urge rightfulness and humanity. In George Orwell’s masterpiece about revolution, Animal Farm, there is a revolution. In only a few pages, it soon becomes evident there has been no change. If we do start a revolution, we must do it correctly. It must be done for humanity and not for glory, or power, or money. We must do it for the hungry brothers and sisters in Africa we have never met. This will be a fundamental change in why to revolt, and a way of thinking about others first before oneself.
We must revolt against current systems, policies, laws, and choices by individuals, organizations, businesses, and governments. We must do so as our education system gets more bogged down in “one size fits all” and more and stricter standardised testing. We must revolt as millions of daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, cousins, grandparents, and families go hungry and drink-less on a daily occurrence.
As we do, do not put ourselves on a pedestal above others. Do not put our new systems and strategies on pedestals against the very systems we are trying to change.
Be authentic. Be humble. Be human.
Your Call To Action
Do you believe we need true, fundamental, and radical change in society? If so, comment below with your ideas or connect on social media.
These are one person’s thoughts and opinions. I welcome and strive to get your feedback and own thoughts. Feel free to comment below or connect with me via social media.
Adam Goodwin is a Canadian working in the United Kingdom, and is a proud shameless idealist. His parents currently work in Cairo, Egypt. He has siblings and distant family in Canada and around the rainbow nation’s only home. Follow his year+ overseas on Twitter (@adam13goodwin) and on this blog.