The Call to Change the World

------- Note:  This post originally appeared in an earlier effort, what I now consider a "draft" blog (The ModBlogger), which I no longer maintain. I am migrating those initial blog posts, including this one, to Tracking Breakthroughs because I'd like them kept somewhere. And maybe someone will find them of use.

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So I've been thinking about this idea for a while. How does one go about changing the world? And, not surprisingly given the current state of the globe, it I don't seem to be the only one with change on my mind. . The call to change the world is one popular Google query these days: Over eleven million search results for the exact phrase.  The Blogosphere seems to be littered with it, too. In October, Google Blogs reported that there were over 1.5 million posts with the exact phrase "change the world" in the last 5 years and one third of those posts referencing the phrase "change the world" were posted in the last year and a half. Nearly 500,000 of those 1.5 million bloggers posted the term since January 1st, 2009.

And the true test that this preoccupation with changing the world might be a cultural phenomenon?  Click on those we sites and you'll find many, many purveyors selling products and services.

Has it ever been different? We know all too well what happens to art or ideas or anything original and true when they go mainstream.  They did it with John Lennon, Janis Joplin, the peace sign, and just about everyone else! Hawkers are pitch-tune perfect to the times because they know that what is close to our hearts sells. What sells is what is close to our hearts.

I think it's safe to say that we humans are feeling the need to change the world.

Hello? It's not like it's about time or anything.

Some would argue the world is no different than it ever was. The quest to change the world is really nothing new. It's a yearning for every age.

And the answer has always been (in one form or another, but most succinctly said):

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

I wasn't always so optimistic.

Hey Ghandi, we're each one of us among six, seven billion points of light on the planet. Sure, wouldn't it be nice if each one of us lit up the sky...but the reality is very few get up on the global stage and change people's minds--and many billion more would never change anyway. Their lights are snuffed even as they walk the earth. Me, one little point of light? Maybe not worth the bother.

Hmmm. It seems now that maybe I was ducking the call. It's a lot easier to give up, says the Lizard Brain, then it is to shine.

And maybe I'm not the only one who is beginning to see that maybe we underestimated the possibilities for change, that one point of light becomes a whole galaxy pretty quickly. And besides, this is no time to duck.

We live in extraordinary times marked by great opportunity and  great risk. We now have tools, access, knowledge and resources like no other age. But we face seismic, global challenges that threaten the planet and future generations and widespread economic prosperity.

We have all had the luxury to grow up at a time when not much was asked of us except to prosper.

We are now being called.