Crazy Enough to Change The World

It was Descartes who first said Cogito ergo sum, a latin statement more famously known as “I think, therefore I am.”

His statement was profound because it shows the limit of doubt, and someone doubting if they exist is, in and of itself, proof that they do exist.

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If Descartes were alive today he might have said instead: I blog, therefore I am, and even if his statement remained Cogito ergo sum he almost certainly would have blogged about it.

With more means of expression than ever before at our fingertips the question is not if we exist, but what will we make of our existence with these new tools of technology.

Blogging and sharing on social media are powerful ways of expressing who you are for others to connect with, learn from, and enjoy.  Publishing our thoughts, ideas, and feelings also gives us a lens through which to better understand who we are as individuals.

When we die our blog, Facebook, and tweets will live on, and will continue to affect the world even after we are gone.

Thoughts are fleeting but blogging and social media are contagious.

The more open and transparent we are about publishing our thoughts and beliefs the better we will be able to understand and manipulate the layers of meaning that guide our decisions and influence our lives.

guarded-bullWith better understanding of each other and ourselves it will become more obvious what the best ways of living are, and what is worth fighting for.

Democracy is generally defined as a form of government in which all people have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives.  

Guess what, by the very definition of democracy we don’t live in a true democracy because the 1% of people walking through the revolving door between corporations and governments have most of the power and the say in the decisions that affect society, instead of the people at large.

Hyper connectivity is an undeniably powerful new characteristic of our present age and we are only beginning to feel the power our new tools are providing.

The beauty in these tools of technology is how they enable us to organize and work together with greater efficiency than ever before, and to affect real change in society.

If 99% of people have a problem with the way the 1% are affecting our lives we can do something about it.  They can’t stop us all.

Occupy Movement Spreads WorldwideDon’t be afraid to stand up and change the world.  Remember that the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Earlier this year in Egypt social media websites provided the tools to organize 18 days of angry protests which ended 30 years of autocratic rule when president Mubarakm resigned on Feb. 11.  Some are calling this the Facebook revolution.  The pyramid of power has been turned upside down.

Yesterday “the 99%” movement organized for occupy wall street in over 1,500 cities worldwide including over 100 US cities from coast to coast and in Canada.

The revolution is real.

Call us crazy if you want, but the more we Blog, Share, Facebook, and Tweet, the more power we express, and the more we will change the world.

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4 Responses to Crazy Enough to Change The World

  1. Samantha Gluck October 19, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    Why have I not read your blog before? I can’t believe you just quoted Descartes! I’m not the only freak in the box that loves classical thought and principles. Whew! I force my children to study Latin and ancient Greek as well. They don’t like it, but they’re learning it and they’ll love me later for it!

    Now on topic: I think everyone has the power to change the world. The problem is that many remain half alive, half aware, half free their entire lives and their beautiful potential to change the world gets lost in the humdrum of it all. Everyone has the ember, the spark — but, to change the world, the spark must become a fire — a crackling, roaring, glowing fire. One of the greatest ways we can change the world is to use our fire to light the ember glowing inside the person who walks through life half alive. 

  2. Garin Kilpatrick October 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    Great insight Samantha, you make a strong point.  Too many people are passive and it takes assertiveness to make a difference.  It’s easier to turn on the TV than it is to take action and be an agent of change but in the end the passive people will fade away while the fiery agents of change will create a brighter future for us all.

    It’s so important to inspire and empower others because widespread change rises from widespread co-operation and collaborative action.

    Indeed everyone has the ember in them and I, for one, will do my best to spark the fire of change in as many people as possible in hopes that igniting this flame in others far and wide will help clear away our current inhumane system wherein profits are paramount.  

    One of my highest hopes is that our society can evolve into a real democracy where all people actually have a say in the decisions that affect our lives.

  3. Msawakhe July 30, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    Hi I am a South African and believe that social networking can and indeed is changing the world. I was thinking about the same thing yesterday, that I want to create a group on Facebook to tackle the way that banks operate in my country.

    You. Have given me reason to actually go on and do it.

    Regards
    MD MSIMANG

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